ERIC Number: ED238283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
The Foreign Language Newsletter: Function, Value, and Techniques.
Wilkins, Wynona H.
The newsletter's function for foreign language teachers and administrators is as a cohesive force for readers within a geographic or language area, discussing their concerns, bringing timely items, and serving as a forum for political information and action. Newsletters take many forms. The objectives, contents, and production must be specifically determined and constantly reviewed and revised. The contents should include materials appealing to teachers at all levels, with considerable space devoted to classroom techniques and instructional improvement suggestions, news items, resources, local and regional events, and discussion of national issues and developments affecting the profession. Broad coverage is preferable to very narrow coverage. Plagiarism must be avoided, and editorial comment is optional. Illustrations depend on the taste of the editor and staff, and the choice for or against advertisements must be made by the editor and advisory body. Attractiveness of presentation is important, and a specific, consistent format is preferable. Finances will determine the length, frequency, and format, and costs of mailing are an important consideration. Maintaining a mailing list may present difficulties, but organization by category can be helpful. (MSE)
Descriptors: Editing, Guides, Interpersonal Communication, Interprofessional Relationship, Language Teachers, Newsletters, Peer Relationship, Professional Development, Second Language Instruction
Not available separately; see FL 014 137.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (15th, St. Louis, MO, 1983).