ERIC Number: ED281602
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Workshops for Teachers on Developing Oral Proficiency.
Harper, Jane; Lively, Madeleine
The Department of Foreign Languages at Tarrant County (Texas) Junior College (TCJC) places primary instructional emphasis in elementary and intermediate language courses on the development of students' oral communication competence. Noting the differences in the oral proficiency of TCJC students and that of area high school graduates seeking advanced placement into intermediate-level language courses at TCJC, the department decided to initiate a program to encourage high school foreign language faculty to increase their oral emphasis in the classroom. The program began in fall 1983, as a series of advanced-level conversation classes in French and Spanish designed to improve the teachers' own speaking ability. By 1986, the program had been expanded to include six 16-hour workshops focusing on such topics as "Linguistics,""Videotaping,""Conversation Methods and Materials," and "Materials Development." During 1986, 34 teachers of French, German, Latin, Spanish and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) participated in the workshop program, with most enrolling in several of the courses. The participants gave the program excellent evaluations and requested additional in-service training opportunities. As a result, a series of 10 16-hour workshops is planned for summer, 1987. The 1987 workshops will be supported financially by a grant from Title II of the Education for Economic Security Act, which will fund tuition stipends for 250 workshop enrollees. The bulk of the program description consists of course outlines corresponding to the 1986 workshop series; pre- and post-tests and self-evaluation instruments for workshop participants corresponding to the 10 workshops in the 1987 summer program. (PAA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Tarrant County Junior Coll., Hurst, TX. Northeast Campus.
Note: A paper based on presentations at the National Conference of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Dallas, TX, November 21-23, 1986) and the Regional Conference of the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (San Antonio, TX, February, 1987).