ERIC Number: ED180189
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
The Functional Approach: New Requirements for Teacher Training.
v4 n1 p17-25 May 1979, v3 n4 p19-26 Jan 1979
Two articles on teacher training are included: "The Functional Approach: New Requirements for Teacher Training," and "Les Aspects theoriques de l'approche fonctionnelle et les implications pour la methode d'enseignement de la langue seconde (Theoretical Aspects of the Functional Approach and Implications for Second Language Teaching Methodology." The functional approach to teacher training requires attention to student needs and realistic classroom situations from the earliest phases of training. Traditional approaches to second language teacher training have been based on the inculcation of a specific teaching method; it was then left to the teacher to make ad hoc adjustments in the method to meet the demands of real classroom situations. The functional approach places the teacher in an active role at the very beginning of a training program. Instead of learning how to conduct drills and classroom exercises, the student teacher is exposed to situations which require the formation of individual methodological approaches to meet individual learner needs. the teacher is thus treated as a professional rather than a technician. This approach, though common in many disciplines, is new to second language teaching, where vast individual students differences give the approach great value. (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Service Commission of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).