ERIC Number: ED389224
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Inter-Level Articulation: A New Paradigm for the Profession.
A discussion of articulation in second language education between instructional levels looks at the current state of articulation, issues in the transition from secondary to higher education, and proposes a new approach that shifts the focus from product to process. Three forms of articulation are distinguished: vertical; horizontal; and multi-disciplinary. It is noted that most current articulation from secondary to college levels is vertical, and the horizontal aspect is underdeveloped, which may be associated with a high rate of attrition in language enrollments between these levels. It is suggested that articulation efforts focus on reconciling the fundamentally different goals and educational agendas at the two instructional levels, and that communication between professionals at both levels be improved. The proposed shift is from the traditional normative input/language replication paradigm to an authentic input/language creation paradigm that focuses on the learner and variables such as different language background knowledge, maturation levels, and motivations that affect curriculum design at different levels. A longer sequence of language study is an anticipated result of this approach. Contains 26 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (28th, Atlanta, GA, November 1994).