ERIC Number: ED352822
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep-18
Improving Oral Skills for In-Service Teachers.
An institute in oral proficiency and teaching effectiveness for practicing secondary Spanish and French teachers is described. The spoken language classes of the institute took place daily, 4 hours per day for 4 weeks, using a modified Foreign Service Institute (FSI) method of small group instruction. Native speaker tutors were used who were trained to teach the language orally and to serve as experts. A linguist was available for questions about the phonology, syntax, grammar, or other aspect of the language. Classes focused on pronunciation, including phonemes and intonation; individual and dialect differences; everyday expressions; question asking and answering; simulations; study of syntax, word choice, and meanings; and appropriateness of style. FSI texts were used along with other materials, and Spanish language films and social events supplemented the instruction. Results of pre- and post-Institute oral proficiency interview/evaluations showed positive changes for all participants. Their improvement in a 4-week intensive program demonstrated the feasibility and appropriateness of such training for modern language teachers. (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (74th, Cancun, Mexico, August 9-13, 1992).