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ERIC Number: ED143206
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 34
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Reference Count: 0
Creating Excitement and Involvement in the Foreign Language Classroom by Getting Away from the Textbook.
Wattenmaker, Beverly; Lock, Joanne
This paper presents a method for making foreign language learning meaningful and interesting through using language as a tool for communicating about the self and others. Drawing from techniques developed by behavioral scientists, the foreign language was used to develop students' self-awareness and confidence. Learning activities were created, based on a sequential development of grammatical difficulty coordinated with a corresponding development of trust among students. For advanced levels, mini-units were created, based on a theme such as fantasy, death, or career education. These were offered every two or three weeks during the year. Another technique developed was the intensive Spanish or French class, which met for two and a half hours each day from September to December, then culminated in a "homestay experience" in a foreign country during the first three weeks in December (a "Cultural Awareness Project"). Appendices contain: (1) a sample mini-unit; and (2) a sample Cultural Awareness Project experience. (AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Columbus, Ohio, March, 1977)