ERIC Number: ED107152
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May-24
Reference Count: 0
European Syllabuses in English as a Foreign Language.
Currie, William B.
This paper attempts to characterize what seem to be key movements in the teaching of EFL at various levels in Europe. These movements reveal that semantic approaches to language teaching are widespread. Recent research into the effectiveness of teaching methods has demonstrated how difficult it is to show whether audiolingual or cognitive code approaches are effective. A strong movement toward semantic syllabuses has developed, partly as a consequence of this, and work undertaken through the Council of Europe has concentrated on this since 1969. The characteristics of these syllabuses are that they aim to provide language structure which will be effective in communication situations, and attempts are being made to specify an inventory of (1) those structures necessary for control of the fundamentals of English, French, Spanish, etc. (up to "threshold level") and (2) those notions which a speaker would require to handle defined language exchanges. An interesting relationship may be traced between these semantic syllabuses and traditional rhetoric. A further link exists between the logic of speech acts and "notional" inventories. Examples of semantic syllabuses in use in Europe are drawn from adult English teaching and certain elementary school projects. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, Audiolingual Methods, Bilingualism, Communicative Competence (Languages), English (Second Language), Language Guides, Language Instruction, Language Skills, Language Usage, Linguistic Competence, Psycholinguistics, Semantics, Semiotics, Teaching Methods, Verbal Communication
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the University of Toronto Conference on Second Language Teaching Methodology (May 1975)