ERIC Number: ED108482
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
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Systems Development in Adult Language Learning: The Threshold Level in a European Unit/Credit System for Modern Language Learning by Adults.
van Ek, J. A.
This study, the culmination of a 3-year effort, represents the first step in the establishment of a European unit-credit system for foreign language learning by adults. Objectives are based on learners' needs and expressed in terms of operational learning objectives, with reference to the roles a language-user has to play, the settings in which he will play these roles, and the topics he will deal with. The threshold level (T-level) is defined for a specific population. Part 1 describes the establishment of a unit-credit system and the definition of language-learning objectives. In part 2, the T-level is defined in detail with reference to the following dimensions: specific situations, language activities, language functions, behavioral specifications, general and specific notions. Finally, the degree of skill involved in T-level competence is characterized as a guideline for test construction. Criterion levels for testing are also briefly discussed. While this work deals with English, the same analytical procedure could be used for other languages. Appendices contain: (1) an alphabetical list of lexical items and their category or meaning within the T-level objectives; (2) an alphabetical grammatical inventory of English that demonstrates the range of structures and possible utterances that would have to be taught for T-level objectives; and (3) a grammatical summary of English structures. (PAE)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Behavioral Objectives, Credits, Dictionaries, Educational Objectives, Grammar, Language Instruction, Language Learning Levels, Language Proficiency, Language Skills, Linguistic Performance, Modern Languages, Second Language Learning, Speech Communication, Systems Development, Teaching Methods
Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France ($8.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Council for Cultural Cooperation, Strasbourg (France).