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ERIC Number: ED352822
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep-18
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Improving Oral Skills for In-Service Teachers.
Schrade, Arlene
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
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 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).