ERIC Number: ED221052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jan-25
Reference Count: N/A
Language Learning for Special Purposes: Methodological Proposals. Modern Languages Project. Working Paper.
Practical applications of the concepts of the Modern Language Project for teaching languages for special purposes at the university level are described. The Modern Languages Project, sponsored by the Council for Cultural Cooperation of the Council of Europe, involves the formulation of a coherent European policy on adult language learning which would provide a framework for a learner-centered, motivation-based language learning system designed to meet diverse social and vocational needs. The practical suggestions were generated by a panel of experts that met to examine the results of language courses at eight universities in seven countries. Such topics as the role of the project in the teaching of languages for special purposes, application of project principles to vocational training, classifying and organizing course content, teacher training, needs analysis of specific target groups before and during language instruction, and the formulation of learning objectives were discussed in response to questions raised by panel members. It is concluded that methods that make students responsible for their own learning and promote self-management of study are the best approaches for meeting individual learning needs. Case studies and participants are listed. (RW)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Educational Strategies, Higher Education, International Programs, Language Planning, Languages for Special Purposes, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teacher Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Cultural Cooperation, Strasbourg (France).