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ERIC Number: ED247763
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 10
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Reference Count: 0
Teaching Extra-Large Foreign Language Classes.
Giauque, Gerald S.
High quality instruction can be achieved in a foreign language classroom even though the class may be large by traditional standards, with as many as 60 students. Attitudes, class structure, classroom activities, and the teacher's role all play a part in this process in such classes. A positive attitude and enthusiasm on the teacher's part are essential, and they are transmitted to the students. One approach to classroom activity that has been successful uses several of the best third- or fourth-year language students as student teaching assistants, attending lectures and providing optional tutoring. They are enrolled in a field experience class, receiving credit. During the class, after a brief lecture by the teacher, the students practice the language in workshop style, in groups of two or three, while the assistants circulate. By the third month, students begin reading to each other in pairs, changing partners daily, as a warm-up. Formal instruction in grammar follows, using a combination of techniques and activities, including amusing sentences, choral drills, comparative analysis, and problem-solving. This approach benefits all parties--teacher, student assistants, and students--and is a logical way of using scarce instructional resources for effective instruction. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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