ERIC Number: ED149599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct
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An Experiment in Beginning Language Teaching.
Wertz, Christopher A.
Iowa Foreign Language Bulletin, v20 n1 p9-12 Oct 1977
An experiment was carried out at the University of Wyoming with a group of beginning students of Russian. The group consisted of about 30 students at the beginning of the experiment, but by the second semester, the number had been reduced to 15. The method used in this experiment was based on the assumption that true learning occurs when students are aware of having figured something out for themselves, and that traditional methods do little to foster this ability. In this method, grammar and vocabulary features are introduced in a context which allows the students to make an intelligent guess as to meaning or rule. Nothing is drilled until it has been understood, and various techniques are used to verify that the student has understood. This method was very successful in this experiment, although it must be pointed out that the group was a very bright one, and that therefore teachers must use their judgment in using this technique. (AM)
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