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ERIC Number: ED131657
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Introduction to Foreign Languages: An Exploratory Course That's Different...
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York, NY.; Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond. Foreign Language Service.; Chesapeake Public Schools, VA.; Lynchburg School Board, VA.; Prince William County School Board, Manassas, VA.; Roanoke City School Board, VA.
Curriculum units are presented which were designed and field-tested by four school divisions in Virginia. It is felt that neither the regular, level-one foreign language course nor the conventional exploratory program are satisfactory for the junior high school. The present course is designed to: expand the middle school curriculum to include experiences in languages; develop interest in and awareness of language and culture using basically a humanistic approach; and encourage more students to enroll in foreign language courses at the high school level. The units deal with: verbal and nonverbal communication; animal communication; elements of nonverbal communication for man as related to senses; man's desire to communicate; language families and historical development of languages; cross-culture nonverbal communication; contributions to impairment of communication; learning another language; language and culture; dialects; language sounds; signs, symbols and writing systems; and words and their meanings. Each unit consists of a description, lists of concepts, objectives, activities and audiovisual aids, and a bibliography; most also contain bulletin board ideas. There is no textbook for the course, but reference materials are listed and many of the "suggested activities" refer the teacher to various sources for detailed information. (Author/SW)
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Cultural Enrichment, Curriculum Enrichment, Curriculum Guides, Junior High Schools, Language, Language Instruction, Language Programs, Languages, Middle Schools, Nonverbal Communication, Second Language Learning, Secondary Education, Verbal Communication
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Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York, NY.; Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond. Foreign Language Service.; Chesapeake Public Schools, VA.; Lynchburg School Board, VA.; Prince William County School Board, Manassas, VA.; Roanoke City School Board, VA.
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