ERIC Number: ED184360
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
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Utilizing Class Time in Foreign Language Instruction.
Twenty secondary school foreign language classes in Wisconsin were monitored to determine how foreign language class time is used. The target language was used 79% of the time. Teachers made 61% of the target language utterances, suggesting that insufficient time was being spent on student practice. Two percent of class time was devoted to developing listening skills, with the emphasis on listening comprehension at the expense of auditory discrimination. Speaking skills consumed 24% of the time available, most of which was devoted to dialogues and other guided activities. Reading skills practice was monitored only for reading aloud, which took up 6% of class time. Use of English to correct errors during the time could be reduced through the use of pronunciation and auditory discrimination drills. Two percent of class time was devoted to writing instruction. As with speech instruction, most of this time was devoted to structured or guided exercises. Most of the remaining 67% of class time was given over to grammar instruction; this time was characterized by predominance of teacher talk. Finally, 7% of time was spent on cultural activities, 4% on recreational activities, 8% on homework assignments, 7% on testing, and 9% on class management and other activities. (JB)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Grammar, Listening Skills, Reading Instruction, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Secondary Education, Speech Instruction, Time Factors (Learning), Writing Instruction
Not available separately; See FL 011 156.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Minneapolis, MN, April 19-21, 1979).