ERIC Number: ED138064
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Summary of "Individualization: What? When? How?" - A Workshop.
Rolfe, O. W.
The workshop consisted of an informal presentation and a question-and-answer period. Individualization in foreign language instruction is defined as any kind of device that would allow focusing on any one student's needs with respect to: (1) time or speed; (2) materials or content; (3) approach or method; and (4) goals or objectives. Several benefits can be observed in individualized instruction. Student participation is active rather than passive, with more students involved more of the time than in the traditional classroom. Students know clearly what they are supposed to do in order to achieve the learning goals and they tend to develop a sense of responsibility toward their learning tasks. Offering a variety in content creates more satisfaction among the learners. An important advantage of individualized instruction is that students are taught how to learn and they are taught about language in addition to being taught a language. If the students are aware of how to learn, they will know how to relearn items which they forget. Students should also develop the ability to correct their own errors. Several points were brought up in the period following the presentation. Individualized instruction can be applied at any level of language acquisition. It does not mean that students will always do only what they like. Packets should not be so formidable in size that they discourage the students. It is important not only to have individual work but also group work to develop class spirit. It is desirable to set a minimal pace. The discrimination and production of certain pairs of sounds require teaching before the students can be brought to the point where they are capable of self-correction. (Author/CFM)
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Higher Education, Individualized Instruction, Language Instruction, Language Programs, Second Language Learning, Secondary Education, Teacher Workshops, Teaching Methods, Workshops
Not available separately; see FL 007 842
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pacific Northwest Conference on Foreign Languages, Portland, OR.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Northwest Council on Foreign Languages (26th, Simon Fraser University, April 17-19, 1975)