ERIC Number: ED313059
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Strategies for Proficiency in Second Language Acquisition: Tarrant County Junior College, Northeast Campus. Final Project Evaluation Report, 1989.
Harper, Jane; Lively, Madeleine
In response to the needs of teachers for assistance in developing second language speaking and instructional skills, Tarrant County Junior College, Northeast Campus, designed a series of 10 16-hour workshops for teachers of foreign languages for summer 1989. The "Strategies for Proficiency Workshops" were intended primarily as in-service training for secondary foreign language teachers and secondarily as retraining for secondary teachers who specialized in areas other than languages, but who would be teaching languages during the coming year. The workshops focused on improving oral proficiency, confidence in speaking, instructional skills, test development, and such innovative techniques as teaching higher order thinking skills, creative evaluation techniques, visual-based curricula, computer-assisted materials design, and the Color Connection system of materials development. Participants were recruited through personally addressed letters sent to all foreign language teachers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and to all participants in prior workshops. A special effort was made to recruit and admit minority teachers throughout Texas. Evaluation of the workshops involved a comparison of pre- and post-test self-assessment questionnaires and in-class observations of a sampling of teachers during the following fall term. Participants in both French and Spanish language workshops perceived gains in both their speaking and understanding abilities and their instructional skills. Evaluation materials are appended. (AYC)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Educational Innovation, High Schools, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Materials, Language Teachers, Oral Language, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Second Language Instruction, Secondary School Teachers, Speech Communication, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Workshops, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tarrant County Junior Coll., Hurst, TX. Northeast Campus.