ERIC Number: ED278261
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Criteria for the Evaluation of Secondary and Post-Secondary Foreign Language Teaching Materials.
McFerren, Margaret; Robson, Barbara
Criteria for the evaluation of foreign language materials in the commonly and less commonly taught languages in secondary and postsecondary institutions are presented. They are intended for use by individual teachers or appointed committees when selecting and evaluating language teaching materials. The criteria contain a set of evaluative and descriptive questions in six material areas: novice, intermediate, and advanced level course materials, reference materials, dictionaries, and computer-assisted instructional materials. In developing the criteria, attempts have been made to ensure ease of use while also capturing sufficient detail to provide a useful evaluation of the materials. A complete evaluation consists of three forms to be completed by the materials evaluator: a form eliciting descriptive information about the materials (bibliographic citation, availability, language/dialect presented, form of presentation, grammatical/pedagogical approach, overall organization of the text, vocabulary areas covered, etc.); a form presenting meta- criteria (broad questions that should be asked about any language materials, regardless of purpose); and one of six forms presenting questions tailored to the specific use of materials (proficiency level, intended use of materials, etc.). Sample forms are appended. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Bilingual Instructional Materials, Computer Assisted Instruction, Difficulty Level, Evaluation Criteria, Instructional Material Evaluation, Media Selection, Postsecondary Education, Records (Forms), Reference Materials, Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education, Uncommonly Taught Languages
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Language Education and Research.