ERIC Number: ED227684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Concept of Personal Involvement in Foreign Language Study.
Di Pietro, Robert J.
A foreign language teaching approach that develops communicative competence is described. Strategic interaction promotes a sense of community among students while involving both the individual learner and the teacher. The main organizational device of strategic interaction is the scenario, in which the teacher proposes a theme that challenges students to communicate and to invest their egos in the interaction. Students work in small groups to fulfill the communicative task, with each student having the option to serve as a group spokesperson or to contribute to the task in a less public way. More ego involvement is possible because the student has a genuine choice as to the level of participation. Guidelines for the selection of themes from the media and from personal experience are offered along with examples of role playing scenarios. It is concluded that language used for genuinely communicative purposes is the language best learned. (RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association of America (97th, Los Angeles, CA, December 27-30, 1982).