ERIC Number: ED370378
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Foreign Languages for Vocational Purposes in Further and Higher Education. Interchange No. 25.
Hall, John; Bankowska, Anne
A Scottish study of foreign/second language instruction for vocational purposes focused on teaching methods, skill assessment methods, and teacher and student perceptions of the effectiveness of different instructional approaches. Nine case studies of second language programs (French, German, Japanese, and Spanish) were conducted. Programs provided instruction at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels and of three types: customized language courses for a specific vocation; language options within vocational courses; and vocational subject courses for language specialists. The summary report of the study describes the study and its findings and draws conclusions concerning program design and implementation. Findings include descriptions of student and program staff populations, common teaching methods and materials, and student assessment approaches. A variety of practical considerations for program implementation are identified, including those for: creating a climate supportive of language learning; logistical arrangements (class location, scheduling, course preparation time, adequate instructional resources, staffing); establishing course objectives; selecting teaching methods; and evaluating student progress. (MSE)
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Case Studies, Classroom Techniques, Difficulty Level, Educational Assessment, French, German, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Introductory Courses, Japanese, Languages for Special Purposes, Program Descriptions, Program Design, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs, Second Languages, Spanish, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Vocational Education
SCRE, 15 St. John Street, Edinburgh EH8 8JR, Scotland, United Kingdom (limited number of copies available).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education.
Note: For the full report of this study, see FL 022 219.