ERIC Number: ED216547
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
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Less Frequently Taught Languages: Basic Information and Instruction.
Conwell, Marilyn; And Others
The following articles are presented in the section of the Northeast Conference Report on less frequently taught languages: (1) "American Sign Language," by M. Conwell and A. Nelson; (2) "Chinese," by D. Gidman; (3) "Japanese," by J. P. Berwald and T. Phipps; (4) "Latin," by M. Cleary; (5) "Portuguese," by R. Pedro Carvalho; and (6) "Russian," by R. Baker. The discussion of American Sign Language provides an insight into the history of the language and the richness of expression manifested in a language without sound. The article on Chinese argues that Chinese is not difficult to learn and gives an overview of the characteristics of the language. The third piece discusses the importance of learning Japanese and provides many keys to its structure. Intensive Latin, the historical development of Latin, benefits of classical studies and ways to integrate it into other areas of the curriculum, particularly social studies, are discussed in the fourth article. The fifth contribution deals with the Portuguese heritage in the United States and the rich historic background of the Portuguese people. The final article gives an overview of the Russian language and argues that spoken and written Russian are easier to learn than is generally believed. (AMH)
Descriptors: American Sign Language, Chinese, Grammar, Japanese, Latin, Phonology, Portuguese, Russian, Second Language Instruction, Syntax, Teaching Methods, Uncommonly Taught Languages, Vocabulary
Not available separately; see FL 012 939.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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