ERIC Number: ED262571
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Languages at College: The Student and the Curriculum.
Rivers, Wilga M.
The time to make positive changes in foreign language education programs and instruction has come. The first step in effecting change is to find out about the students' language backgrounds, interests, and intentions for their language skills. Language instruction can take many different emphases: foreign language and international studies, language and intercommunity understanding, understanding the process of communication, languages for specific purposes or career preparation, and language as the key to humanistic studies. Future college teachers need to be trained to develop curriculum and to use effective, participatory teaching techniques in addition to content. An appropriate approach for college second language teaching is an interactive one. This approach has the following advantages: it allows for teacher and learner individuality because it is not teacher-dominated; it implies purposeful learning; it succeeds in a situation without tension or alienation; it requires emotional maturity and indirect leadership; it encourages teacher innovation and student participation; it does not preclude learning grammar; and it uses the interaction that is typical of literature. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, College Second Language Programs, College Students, Communication (Thought Transfer), Communicative Competence (Languages), Cross Cultural Studies, Curriculum Development, Educational Strategies, Higher Education, Instructional Improvement, Intercultural Communication, Second Language Instruction, Student Interests
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: In: Teaching Languages in College. Communicative Proficiency and Cross-Cultural Issues. Proceedings of a SUNY-Albany Conference (Albany, NY, October 19-20, 1984). For proceedings, see FL 015 232.