ERIC Number: ED215193
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Training Manual for Functional/Notional Syllabus Planning.
Bilus, Pauline; Kelsh, Donna
This training manual and program guide for staff focuses on planning and designing a notional-functional curriculum for English as a Second Language program. Chapter 1 explains a notional-functional curriculum that is designed around instructional objectives developed upon interrelationships between language functions and notions. The focus of chapter 2 is assessing needs of clients. Following a discussion of rationale, the needs assessment instruments used in the program are described, including intake form; John test; and surveys, questionnaires, and evaluations. Judging learner attainment of objectives is also considered. Chapter 3 discusses the principal elements of a notional-functional curriculum, as taught in a series of seminars. Five stages are described: (1) orientation to the curriculum, (2) development and testing of student assessment instruments, (3) experimenting with planning and developing a mini-curriculum, (4) identifying language competencies and planning learning experiences around them, and (5) workshop on testing. Chapter 4 presents answers to a survey of program personnel to reveal their attitudes. Appendixes include materials on functions and notions, instruments, and a curriculum in learning Russian. (YLB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Div. of Continuing Education.
Authoring Institution: Associated YM-YHA's of Greater New York, NY.