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ERIC Number: ED135250
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 11
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Counseling-Learning: A Practical Application in FL Learning.
Stroinigg, Dieter
This paper describes a method of language teaching known as counseling-learning, which attends to the psychological and emotional needs of students. The traditional approach to language instruction has generally underestimated this aspect of learning and its importance. The counseling-learning method relies on untapped sources within the student as positive factors, including the innate desire to learn. The psychological blocks inherent in the authoritarian nature of the normal classroom situation are removed. Examples are drawn from an intensive summer German program offered at Miami University's branch campus in Luxembourg. Thirteen students had four contact hours of instruction daily, five days a week. The teaching method centers around the use of a tape recorder. Students begin recording themselves in the target language from the beginning of the course, and the recordings are used as instructional materials and as sources for grammar lessons. The role of the teacher is modified to that of a resource person who functions as a counselor. The student determines his own needs and thereby the pace and presentation of subject matter. Results showed the students' command of German after six weeks to be equal to, if not better than that of students completing a regular first-year university program. (CLK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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