ERIC Number: ED126679
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Zaire: A Summer English Language Program. Workpapers in Teaching English as a Second Language, Vol. 9.
Povey, John F.
In summer 1974, an intensive English language program on the Lubumbashi campus of the National University of Zaire was organized, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation which is committed to supporting higher education in Zaire. The need for such a program arises from the determination of newly independent countries to achieve wider multilateral economic and political relationships. These require English, the major language of international communication. Because of their linguistic fragmentation, countries outside of the anglophone regions are forced to acquire English as a third or even fourth language within their educational systems. This additional linguistic demand imposes learning difficulties that can only be resolved by efficient methods based upon a knowledge of the particular social and linguistic system. To examine this problem, selected faculty members from within the university system, as they learned English, were subjected to a series of tests to determine the effectiveness of various approaches with students of different competences and backgrounds. The report describes the planning rationale and the teaching methodology. It includes substantial statistical analysis which, if necessarily limited in its general applicability by the small numbers under study, does offer some potentially valid information concerning such programs and their potential. (Author)
Descriptors: English (Second Language), French, Higher Education, Intensive Language Courses, Language Instruction, Language of Instruction, Language Usage, Official Languages, Program Descriptions, Second Language Learning, Sociocultural Patterns, Sociolinguistics, Teaching Methods
English as a Second Language, Department of English, University of California, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90024 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Dept. of English.