ERIC Number: ED138066
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Summary of the Panel Discussion on Modern Language Teaching Methods and Techniques.
White, Ruth; And Others
Each panelist described the program in his school or district. Donald Fraser discussed the elementary school French program in North Vancouver which started in October 1974 and includes ten pilot schools. Classes are held for twenty minutes each day. The materials used were written by Canadian authors and have considerable Canadian content. Teaching is taught analytically according to a cognitive approach. Gareth Prytherch described the grade VIII Spanish course at his school in Vancouver. It is an audiovisual course which starts with the identification of concrete objects and moves on gradually to more complex things, although with the latter there are problems of interpretation. David Benseler of Washington State University reported that his department had been asked to design a special summer course in German for graduate students of science. Due to the success of the new course, the program was gradually expanded to include French for graduate students, and eventually summer courses for undergraduate students in three languages. The students spend eight hours a day, five days a week, for a period of eight weeks, in class. A direct method is used, with everything done in the foreign language. Everything possible is done to eliminate physical and psychological discomfort; the chairs are padded and no one instructor is in a class for more than 50 minutes at a time. Five different textbooks are used. (Author/CFM)
Descriptors: College Language Programs, Elementary Education, FLES, French, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Intensive Language Courses, Junior High Schools, Language Instruction, Language Programs, Modern Language Curriculum, Second Language Learning, Second Language Programs, Spanish, Teaching Methods
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)