ERIC Number: ED301357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
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Integrating a Foreign Language into the Pre-K through Grade 3 Class: The Baker Model.
Strupeck, Paula K.
This paper describes the model of elementary grade foreign language instruction implemented at the Baker Demonstration School in Evanston, Illinois, and offers concrete suggestions for implementing such a program. Introductory comments point out the need to observe developmental principles and practices in planning and implementing foreign language programs in the elementary schools so that the mistakes made in program implementation in the 1950s and 1960s can be avoided. A rationale and guidelines for implementing foreign language instruction in the early grades are followed by the description of the Baker model. The model integrates French into the Baker curriculum through: (1) the use of developmentally appropriate and learner-centered approaches, activities, and scheduling; (2) focus on language as a communicative tool; and (3) engagement of the children's primary models (teachers and parents) in the language learning process. The classroom teacher participates with the children in the French lesson, while parents are offered an evening course. The paper concludes with eight precepts fundamental to the Baker program. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (Anaheim, CA, November 10-13, 1988).