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ERIC Number: ED276459
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Techniques and Materials for Conversation in the Foreign Language Classroom.
Harper, Jane; Lively, Madeleine G.
Developed at Tarrant County Junior College (TCJC) Northeast Campus (Texas), this paper presents and discusses materials and activities for teaching foreign language conversation classes. Introductory comments describe TCJC's Department of Foreign Languages, new curricular emphases on the development of oral skills, the nature of the college's conversation courses, and the structure of the foreign language. Next, basic guidelines for conversation classes are presented, including: (1) content must be provided as the basis for conversation; (2) pre-class preparation is expected of students; (3) the instructor must organize the anticipated direction of class conversation and find or create materials to supply vocabulary for the discussion topic; and (4) the instructor should be open to language that communicates, regardless of grammatical errors; student opinions and ideas; and controversy among students. The next sections explain the use of various techniques, including "one-liners" as conversation stimuli; checklists, questionnaires, surveys and opinionnaires, which provide key vocabulary and give students an opportunity to think through their opinions; and paired situation cards. Appendices include a series of 11 documents in French or Spanish, which call for student responses and pre-class preparation, upon which class discussions can be based. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tarrant County Junior Coll., Hurst, TX. Northeast Campus.
Note: Paper based on a presentation made at the Annual Conference of the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (3rd, Phoenix, AZ, February 15, 1986).