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ERIC Number: ED353816
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Challenges to the Proficiency Movement: The Issue of Accuracy.
Ke, Chuanren
Failure to progress on the language proficiency scale is often due to lack of linguistic accuracy. Even motivated students are sometimes unable to improve proficiency ratings beyond a particular level. Pedagogical factors contributing to this problem include: focus on form and meaning at the same time; fossilization; overuse of communicative strategies at the expense of form; lack of careful articulation and continuity in curricula, from level to level; and textbooks that are not explicit enough or contribute to information overload. Curriculum strategies for dealing with the accuracy problem include: curriculum design for long-term (as contrasted with short-term) linguistic objectives; structuring class activities at the appropriate level; error correction that is manageable for the student; awareness of students' negative reactions to error correction; involvement of students in error correction; active encouragement of classroom participation; and attention to the design of achievement and proficiency tests. The challenge for teachers is to maintain the balance of function and form. An 18-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A