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ERIC Number: ED318263
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Focus on Foreign Language in the Middle School: A Description of an NEH Summer Institute.
Ford, James F.; Hassel, Jon B.
The origins, development, and results of a summer institute for middle school foreign language teachers held at the University of Arkansas during summer 1983, and re-funded and extended for the next 2 years, are described. The project originated from several needs in middle school foreign language instruction: the challenges in teaching to the middle school age group; the lack of articulation or exchange of information on program design or improvement; and teachers who are undertrained, particularly in language skills. The institute addressed all three issues. Two hours were devoted daily to understanding the middle school student, in sessions conducted by a middle school specialist. The foreign language education component consisted of reading and writing activities and demonstration teaching with critique. Local middle school students served as a class for the demonstrations. Decision-making about the type, complexity, and level of formal language training for the participating teachers was somewhat problematic, and cultural topics and conversational activities in this segment were dealt with in a more elementary fashion than was originally planned. Optional French and Spanish feature films and guest lectures were provided. Participants evaluated nine institute components, revealing some program strengths and weaknesses. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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