ERIC Number: ED234597
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: 0
A Linguistic Apprenticeship in the Advanced Language Training Program.
Medium, v8 n1 p11-20 Feb 1983
The Advanced Language Training Program (ALTP) of the Language Training Branch of the Public Service Commission of Canada is described. The ALTP is a structured program designed to increase employee second language proficiency. The program has an academic phase and an assignment period. The core of the four-month academic phase is a set of modules oriented to specific skills taught in workshops devoted to such topics as phonology, lexis, written expression, and oral expression. A major characteristic of the program is the encouragement of participation in extra pedagogical activities outside the structured workshops. The academic phase is intensive and is very demanding on the student. The assignment phase seeks to place the participant in a professional environment for oral and written communication for a 20-month period. It is suggested that the academic phase could be enhanced by a break in the middle to allow students to relax and assimilate the lessons. It is concluded that the program is successful in profoundly enhancing the language proficiency of the participants. (RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Service Commission of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).