ERIC Number: ED208674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Helping Learners Succeed: Activities for the Foreign Language Classroom. Language in Education: Theory and Practice, No. 36.
Omaggio, Alice C.
In response to the need for dynamic foreign language materials with a communicative focus, this report addresses the relationship between learner characteristics and success in language learning. It suggests that a self-pacing individualized option should be available to students to deal with unique problems. The problems may be dealt with by identifying the range of possible causes of the learning difficulty and by suggesting specific remedial activities that correspond directly to that difficulty. With this as the aim, the report discusses cognitive styles and learning strategies, labeling the learning problem, some diagnostic instruments and procedures for determining sources of difficulty, and classroom activities for responding to learner needs. Among these activities are: (1) the analysis of samples of the language with attention to linguistic and semantic units; (2) the synthesis of elements of the language to create an organized whole; (3) the paraphrasing, expansion, or transformation of ideas; (4) the analysis and synthesis of information to make inferences about missing cues or conclusions; and (5) the expansion of capacities for remembering words, phrases, sentences, grammatical features, and ideas in the foreign language. Sample exercises are provided in French, Spanish, and German. (JK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Class Activities, Cloze Procedure, Cognitive Style, Componential Analysis, Context Clues, Curriculum Design, Educational Diagnosis, Elementary Secondary Education, Error Analysis (Language), Holistic Evaluation, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Materials, Language Research, Learning Problems, Postsecondary Education, Reading Skills, Second Language Learning, Semantics, Student Characteristics, Student Needs, Syntax, Teaching Methods, Vocabulary Skills
Center for Applied Linguistics, 3520 Prospect Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Research; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.; Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.