ERIC Number: ED352837
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
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Instruction Time in the Beginning Languages at St. Olaf College: Report and Recommendations of the Ad Hoc Planning Group.
Sudermann, David P.
The report offers a comparison of instruction time for beginning languages at St. Olaf College (Minnesota) and 17 other colleges and universities, and concludes with recommendations for curricular change at St. Olaf College. Contact hours ranged from 80 hours (St. Olaf) to 171 hours. The study was undertaken in response to faculty concern that not enough classroom time was being devoted to introductory language learning. It is recommended that the college adopt a 5-day-per-week schedule for introductory language classes, rather than the existing 3-day-per-week schedule. The analysis presented includes data on student use of time on the days not currently scheduled for language instruction (Tuesdays and Thursdays). Implications of the plan for teaching effectiveness, departmental planning, faculty workload, staff scheduling, and balance of quality and quantity of instruction are discussed. Issues raised are answered in a question-and-answer format. Appended materials include a statement of the general goals of foreign language study, a profile of the foreign language training of St. Olaf graduates of 1986, objectives for an adequate foreign language graduation requirement, and a strategy for gradual curriculum revision. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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