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ERIC Number: ED183012
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Individualized Instruction in Latin at the Ohio State University.
Lacey, Douglas N.
The establishment of an individualized language program is seen as embracing four major considerations. A needs assessment will deal with the problem areas of negative attitudes and high attrition rates, inadequate operating budgets, and the tendency toward diminished effectiveness of foreign language instruction in general. Options for program development are to be considered, including: (1) relationships between the individualized program and co-existing classroom programs, (2) flexibility for the student to transfer from one mode of instruction to another, (3) choice of specific skills and levels to be covered by the individualized program, (4) establishment of policy regarding variable pacing and variable credit, and (5) the setting of minimum achievement goals in a program of competency-based instruction. Program implementation involves material selection and the establishment of schedules and administrative procedures. Finally, program assessment by means of formative and summative evaluations should determine the fate of the program after prescribing recommendations to improve program effectiveness. The Individualized Latin program at the Ohio State University offers a case history. The steps in developing, implementing, and evaluating this program are outlined. Modifications of the program that resulted from the evaluation are described. These changes were extensive enough to require a year's suspension of the program. (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the conference of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (Columbus, OH, June 1979).