ERIC Number: ED376735
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-15
Peace Corps Language Training Curriculum.
Peace Corps, Washington, DC. Information Collection and Exchange Div.
This competency-based curriculum in foreign language learning for Peace Corps volunteers is designed for beginning learners and stresses listening and speaking skills. The curriculum contains the following components: an initial Scope and Sequence chart; three sections on activities (General, Grammar, and Listening), 14 topic area units (the core of the curriculum), and a "Sample Format for the Language Curriculum" showing a possible format for students learning English in order to live in the United States. The topic areas, which are ordered according to the new volunteer's most common needs, are: (1) Personal Identification; (2) Classroom Orientation; (3) Social Language; (4) Food: Host Family; (5) Housing: Host Family; (6) Money; (7) Employment; (8) Health; (9) Clothing; (10) Shopping for Food; (11) Housing: Finding a Place To Live; (12) Transportation; (13) Food: Restaurant/Host; and (14) Communications: Post Office and Telephone. Each topic unit includes the following information: (1) competencies; (2) situations where the language would probably be used; (3) functions; (4) English language samples for each competency; and (5) suggested activities for each competency. The activities that can be used for a variety of competencies are described in the three separate activities sections. All activities are divided into three stages: Presentation, Practice, and Use. Among principles guiding the design of the curriculum are the following: (1) the overall goal is successful communication; (2) language practice should be situationally based; (3) social context affects language in important ways; (4) language learning should be spiralled (i.e., reviewed and reinforced in different contexts); (5) instruction should be tailored to individual needs as much as possible; (6) not everything has to be fixed--the curriculum aims at maximum flexibility; and (7) competency-based language instruction allows for a variety of methods, materials, techniques, and activities which should conform to the individual learning styles of adults. (LR)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Classroom Techniques, Competency Based Education, Cultural Literacy, Daily Living Skills, Learning Activities, Listening Skills, Second Language Learning, Speech Communication, Teaching Methods
Peace Corps, Information Collection & Exchange, 1990 K Street, N.W., 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20526.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Peace Corps, Washington, DC. Information Collection and Exchange Div.