ERIC Number: ED225394
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Du laboratoire surveille a l'approche modulaire: Contrainte ou autonomie? (From the Supervised Laboratory to the Modular Approach: Constraint or Autonomy?)
SPEAQ Journal, v4 n3-4 p61-73 1980
The experience of the second language team at the "Centre de Langue Francaise" (CLF) at McGill University (Montreal) is reported. The emphasis placed on designing courses and laboratory experiences in response to student needs is reviewed from the late 1960's until the present. Some of the factors that were operative in curriculum change were the elimination of the language requirement, the situation of the French language in Quebec, and the arrival of immigrants needing to learn French and English. However, it is noted that beyond these factors, the more important motive for change was the need to facilitate self-directed learning and to respond to students' real needs. With regard to the courses themselves, the choice of courses was enlarged and a variety of resources were put at the disposal of the students. Because of budgetary restrictions, the laboratory is not supervised, even on the elementary level. On intermediate and advanced levels, modular courses and laboratory experiences have been implemented. In conclusion, a description is provided of these courses as well as the more recent courses in English as a second language and the way the CLF administers the program. (AMH)
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, Higher Education, Independent Study, Language Laboratories, Learning Modules, Second Language Instruction, Student Interests, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods
Concordia Colloquium on Language Labs, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, Montreal, Quebec H3G-1M8, Canada ($15.00 for entire journal).
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Concordia Colloquium on Language Laboratories (Montreal, Quebec, July 6-8, 1981).