ERIC Number: ED134005
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Language Assistant Training. A Report of Work Supported by the Nuffield Foundation.
Hare, Geoff; McAleese, Ray
The report gives an account of a research and development project on Language Assistant Training. It shows the place of the Year Abroad in Modern Languages Degrees, and the need for training of English Language Assistants. After detailing the preparatory arrangements and timetable of a fieldwork visit to French schools to observe and record Assistants at work, the report outlines how the audio-visual material collected was used in developing a training course for Aberdeen students due to become Assistants in October 1976. Of particular interest is an academic game called LAG, designed to help the assistants master the skill of explaining. A discussion of the results of the evaluation of the course and of the training materials and methods developed is followed, in conclusion, by an outline of the follow-up study planned for 1976-77. Finally, it is argued that the results of this work show that flexible local training courses can usefully be mounted around a resources bank of short self-instructional mini-courses making use of a variety of media and source material (hand-outs, books, audio-tapes, tape-slide programs, etc.) that students can use in their own time. In addition to a discussion of how recordings of live classes were used in the Aberdeen training program, the report also shows how to apply micro-teaching methods to teaching some of the skills identified as being needed by the practicing Assistant. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, English (Second Language), Instructional Materials, Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Microteaching, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Student Teachers, Study Abroad, Teacher Aides, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teaching Methods, Teaching Skills, Training Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Nuffield Foundation, London (England).
Authoring Institution: Nuffield Foundation, London (England).
Note: A number of the appendices may be difficult to read; appendices M1, M2 and M3 are not included in the filmed version because they are illegible. They are not included in the pagination.