ERIC Number: ED161259
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
New Curricular Connections. The Language Connection: From the Classroom to the World. ACTFL Foreign Language Education Series, Vol. 9.
Conner, Maurice W.
Some of the possibilities for taking language learning and instruction into the larger classroom of the school, the community, and the world are considered. Programs conducted within the school or college campus but outside of the usual classroom include intensive language courses and interdisciplinary courses. A step farther from the traditional classroom are language camps, language festivals, and ethnic festivals; still farther removed are the various types of programs abroad. An attempt is made to determine how these new curricular connections promote language learning. Suggestions are offered as to how foreign language teachers might integrate "extra" classroom instruction into their own programs. Several conclusions about the nontraditional programs are presented. It is suggested that although intensive foreign language courses are more prevalent at the college level, there is no reason why they could not be effective at the secondary level. Interdisciplinary programs involving foreign languages are on the increase in this country. Language camps have become an increasingly popular way of providing students with linguistic and cultural immersion, and although language festivals and ethnic festivals are often thought of for their motivational purpose alone, they function as sites for language learning. Lengthy periods of study abroad are out of the reach of many students because of the expense involved, but short-term study-abroad programs continue to flourish. (SW)
Descriptors: College Language Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Instructional Innovation, Intensive Language Courses, Interdisciplinary Approach, Language Instruction, Language Programs, Learning Activities, Modern Language Curriculum, Nontraditional Education, Second Language Learning, Study Abroad, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
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Authoring Institution: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York, NY.