ERIC Number: ED139243
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Total Involvement Methods in the Foreign Language Classroom.
This paper describes some experiences in foreign language teaching based on three objectives: (1) to prove that students have greater language learning potential than they show in the classroom; (2) to put the stress on communication; and (3) to keep the students motivated. The 41 subjects were the students in a beginning German class who met for three hours weekly with the teacher, and were required to do a minimum of one hour weekly of laboratory work. They ranged in age from 18 to 42, and the majority had never been exposed to German. One method used is known as "Total Involvement," and carries audiolingual practices a step further to total physical responses, mainly kinetic and synesthetic. It departs from the behaviorist's learning concept of mere stimulus and response to a"learning with understanding" approach. Though the results are subjective and not statistically reliable, impressions indicate that there is justification in continuing to use this method. (CLK)
Descriptors: Audiolingual Methods, Communication (Thought Transfer), Communicative Competence (Languages), German, Higher Education, Kinesthetic Methods, Language Instruction, Language Skills, Language Usage, Second Language Learning, Student Motivation, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Conference on Language Teaching, Atlanta, GA.
Note: Paper presented at the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (11th, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1975)