ERIC Number: ED238267
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
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Curriculum Development at the Foreign Service Institute.
Stevick, Earl W.
Curriculum development efforts at the language school of the Foreign Service Institute, the training agency for Department of State personnel on overseas assignment, are examined as they have evolved in the past two years. Five emphases are found to have shaped and structured all curriculum development work: (1) relevance (a close and specific relationship to anticipated needs; (2) function (frequent and clear attention to function as well as to form; (3) communication (consistent effort to make practice activities communicative); (4) comprehension (exploitation of the "comprehension advantage"); and (5) imagery (systematic development of mental imagery to match the verbal content of the lessons). Materials produced under the new orientation characterized by these five emphases are outlined. They fall into three categories: (1) "Bridges", a series of one to seven training exercises supplementing a regular basic language instruction course and aimed strictly at students' professional needs and available in each of 32 languages; (2) new basic courses in Arabic and Russian, and one being developed in Czech; and (3) "FAST" (familiarization and short-term) courses in fourteen languages designed for family mambers, clerical staff, and others not normally receiving full-scale language and area training. (MSE)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Competency Based Education, Curriculum Development, Federal Government, Government Employees, Higher Education, International Relations, Language Proficiency, Program Descriptions, Public Agencies, Second Language Instruction
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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