ERIC Number: ED278221
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
The Threshold Level: A Notional-Functional Syllabus.
Matthies, Barbara F.
The history, development, and content of the notional-functional "threshold-level" (T-level) syllabus and the application of its principles in the preparation of new second language instructional materials are outlined. The context for development of the syllabus by the Council of Europe was based on the need for a uniform, sequenced program of second language learning applicable to all European languages and in all European countries. Examples are given for adult instruction in English as a second language. Despite the fact that very few courses or texts based entirely on T-level syllabus principles have been designed, the work focusing on the semantic and social aspects of language has been worthwhile. Forty-six references are included. (MSE)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Course Content, Curriculum Design, Educational History, Educational Strategies, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Instructional Materials, Language Research, Material Development, Notional Functional Syllabi, Second Language Instruction, Threshold Level (Languages)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Saltarelli, Mario, Ed. The Foreign Language Syllabus--Grammar, Notions and Functions. Urbana, Language Learning Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1983; see FL 016 352.