ERIC Number: ED185799
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Wanted: Alternatives to the Lesson Format in Elementary Foreign Language Textbooks.
Carney, Beth W.; Lide, Francis
Despite some exceptions in recent years, most elementary foreign language texts continue to be organized in a typical "twenty-five lesson" format bound by an old-fashioned idea of continuity. It is argued that this format is a major source of student frustration and a barrier to optimum second language acquisition. As one possible alternative, an organization into a larger number of minimal increment units is proposed. These small increments would allow for greater refinements in sequencing, early maximizing of student communication potential, and easier assimilation of basic structural features with less interference from exceptions and peripheral complications. The implied perspective and curricular framework is foreign language instruction at the college level, but much of what is said may also apply to instruction in the schools. (Authors)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Revised version of a paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Washington, DC, November, 1975).