ERIC Number: ED171157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Some Possible Lines of Development of an Overall Structure for a European Unit/Credit Scheme for Foreign Language Learning by Adults.
Trim, J. L. M.
This report presents the results of a research development project to establish a suitable structural framework for the development of a European policy in the field of adult language learning. The report is divided into six sections: (1) the introduction in which the purpose of the work and the operative questions are discussed; (2) a discussion of learning by units based on systems analysis and related to the communicative goals of the learner; (3) an analysis of the nature of units, the process whereby they are constructed, and the operational objectives determined by the needs of individuals and the needs of society; (4) presentation of a framework for a unit/credit system to facilitate cooperation among institutions and coordination of language teaching activities; (5) a discussion of the organization of a European unit/credit system for adult language learning; and (6) a presentation of the conclusions of the research project and prospects for implementation. There are five appendices which provide: (1) a classical definition of levels of language skills; (2) a reproduction of the IBM Foreign Language Level Rationale and Performance chart; (3) a proposal for level definitions; (4) a chart of the Ford Koln English language training scheme; and (5) a bibliography. (AMH)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Communicative Competence (Languages), Course Organization, Credits, Educational Objectives, Feasibility Studies, Language Instruction, Language Learning Levels, Language Proficiency, Language Skills, Learning Theories, Models, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Second Language Learning, Systems Analysis, Units of Study
Director of Education and of Cultural and Scientific Affairs, Council of Europe, F-67006 Strasbourg, France ($5.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Cultural Cooperation, Strasbourg (France).