ERIC Number: ED203703
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Waystage English: An Intermediary Objective below Threshold Level in a European Unit/Credit System of Modern Language Learning by Adults.
Ek, J. A. Van; And Others
This book is a response to the recognition that the achievement of the threshold level of second language proficiency is for many adults an overly ambitious objective. The degree of communicative competence that will be imparted by the waystage approach will be about halfway between zero and the threshold level. This degree of competence will permit a significant ability to function among speakers of the second language without providing across-the-board skills in handling the language forms that will be encountered in ordinary communication situations. This document provides theoretical and practical information to persons involved in the adminstration and contruction of waystage programs and courses. The bulk of this volume consists of a listing of topic-related notions and common English referents, or exponents, to these notions. Emphasis is on survival areas of competence (identification, home, travel, health, and so on). A significant difference between this and the threshold approach is that the waystage approach does not distinguish between exponents for productive and receptive use on the one hand and exponents for receptive use alone on the other. Lexical and structural inventories follow the notional-functional inventory. A discussion of methodological considerations is appended. (JB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Communication Skills, Communicative Competence (Languages), English (Second Language), Notional Functional Syllabi, Postsecondary Education, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Threshold Level (Languages), Vocabulary Skills
Pergamon Press Inc., Maxwell House, Fairview Park, Elmsford, NY 10523 ($5.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Europe, Strasbourg (France).