ERIC Number: ED307806
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
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Come into the FOLD: A Guide to Family-Oriented Language Dynamics.
Goldberg, Nancy Sloan; McGovern, Anne P.
The Family-Oriented Language Dynamics (FOLD) Program, a humanistic, goal-centered, home-directed philosophy of teaching foreign languages, is discussed, and a FOLD workshop at Middle Tennessee State University is described. FOLD is the result of research on the possible application of the Suzuki Talent Education of music instruction to second language acquisition. Two principles basic to Talent Education provided a model for the program: (1) all children are capable of being successful learners, and (2) the active participation of a family member in all stages of learning, including instruction and practice, is vital to the child's success. Because it is often difficult or impossible for parents to be present at a child's lesson, the idea of child-parent co-learning was adapted for school use by reversing the roles of student and teacher, or by students acting as parents to other students. The FOLD workshop held in July and August 1988 for secondary school foreign language teachers supported three objectives: (1) to increase oral proficiency, (2) to provide access to recent innovative materials, and (3) to familiarize teachers with more effective classroom strategies. Information from the FOLD workshop (participants, goals, activities, and a partial bibliography) is appended. (DJD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Tennessee Humanities Council.; Middle Tennessee State Univ., Murfreesboro.
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