ERIC Number: ED336991
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
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Cultural Understanding, Oral Proficiency, and Study Abroad: Getting It All Together.
Armstrong, Gregory K.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Scholars Program is an honors curriculum for outstanding students. Based on the rationale that overseas language study in an appropriate cultural setting can be an exciting and efficient way to acquire cultural understanding and language proficiency in general, and oral fluency in particular, the new program combines a summer of language study abroad with an oral proficiency requirement, satisfied when students reach Intermediate-Mid proficiency on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language/Educational Testing Service (ACTFL/ETS) rating scale. The program is a cooperative cross-faculty effort designed to attract talented in-state students who might otherwise be lured to out-of-state schools. Twenty freshmen began the program in 1984. Problems and concerns in program development and implementation included advising errors, loss of eligible students, and the need to use an oral interview test. Returning scholars were tested by certified raters during a proficiency testing workshop held on campus. Of the 12 students tested, four were rated Intermediate-Mid or higher. Two must be retested. Improvements are being made in the program for current and future cohorts. A brief bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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