ERIC Number: ED261550
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Language Training at the Secondary Level: Linguistic and Cultural Foundation.
Morris, Michele R.; Verdaguer, Pierre
Two papers concerning secondary school language training are presented. "Foreign Language Training: Bridging the Gap between High School and College," by Michele R. Morris, outlines some of the problems of high school-college second language articulation from the point of view of a college teacher. Student placement in college foreign language courses is pinpointed as a primary problem area, and statistics from one university's placement process are presented to illustrate screening inadequacies. The problems most often encountered in placement tests and in subsequent meetings with students in class are found to be in aural comprehension, syntax, morphology, and pronunciation. It is recommended that college teachers be somewhat less ambitious and allow the students to learn thoroughly and accurately at first, increasing content later and including more authentic documents. "Cultural Stereotypes: A Schizophrenic Vision of Modern France. A Survey of High School Teachers of French," by Pierre Verdaguer, reports the results of a survey of secondary school teachers in the Washington, District of Columbia area concerning the extent, the forms, and the reasons for stereotypical misconceptions about modern French culture. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Two-part paper presented at the joint meeting of the American Association of Teachers of French and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Chicago, IL, November 17, 1984).