ERIC Number: ED287548
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Improvement of Instruction in Critical Foreign Languages: A Report on the 1987 Languages for Communication Workshops at Tarrant County Junior College Northeast Campus (Hurst, Texas, July 13-August 6, 1987).
Harper, Jane; And Others
Since 1985, Tarrant County Junior College, Northeast Campus, in Hurst, Texas has offered workshops and classes for secondary school teachers of foreign languages. The series of 10 16-hour workshops held during summer 1987 were intended primarily as in-service training for secondary school foreign language teachers and secondarily as a retraining for secondary school teachers specializing in areas other than language who had been assigned to teach languages the next academic year. The workshops were designed to help teachers: (1) become familiar with current terminology and methods of measuring oral proficiency; (2) increase their own oral proficiency in the language they teach; (3) increase their security and confidence in speaking that language; (4) develop an enhanced repertoire of instructional activities and materials; (5) gain cultural information about the people who speak that language; and (6) use the computer to generate instructional materials. Recruitment activities, which were conducted at local, state, and national levels, resulted in the filling of all 190 funded participant positions. The project report describes the content and outcomes of the workshops, providing pre- and post-test data on the achievement of objectives, as well as plans for 1988. Recruitment, registration, and additional evaluation materials are appended. (EJV)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Tarrant County Junior Coll., Hurst, TX. Northeast Campus.