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ERIC Number: ED352833
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
An Application of Gagne's Theory of Instruction to the Instruction of English as a Second Language.
Medina, Suzanne
Use of Robert Gagne's model of instructional design for teaching English as a Second Language is illustrated in a unit intended for community college students of varying linguistic and educational backgrounds. Students must be literate in English, have a prescribed level of listening comprehension, and be familiar with certain English vocabulary and grammatical structures. Lessons focus on one aspect of the simple English sentence: syntax of adverbials following noun and verb phrases, a rule not commonly made explicit in grammar classes or texts. The unit consists of 4 lessons and uses a variety of techniques and materials, including videotapes, felt board activities, and paper-and-pencil exercises. Student learning falls into Gagne's domains of verbal information and intellectual skills. The final examination is a 15-item test of unfamiliar broken sentences in which students must place adverbials in sequence. The unit description includes a flow chart for organizing instruction and specific classroom techniques, including suggestions for gaining student attention, informing the learner of the lesson objective, stimulating recall of prior learning, presenting the stimulus material with distinctive features, providing learning cues, eliciting performance, providing informative feedback, assessing performance, and enhancing retention and transfer. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A