ERIC Number: ED403742
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Foreign Language on the Block.
North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh.
The guide is designed to address concerns of North Carolina second/foreign language teachers and school administrators as they plan and implement block class scheduling. The first section outlines the rationale and special considerations for block scheduling, and offers some typical schedule options. North Carolina's instructional time requirements are also noted. The second section discusses advantages and disadvantages of block scheduling to both teachers and students, and looks at special issues in foreign language teaching. Section three addresses concerns in articulation and scheduling, including retention, course sequencing, class size, combination classes, advanced placement courses, graduation requirements, differences in language and literature courses, course content, time allowances, academic pacing, absences and tutoring, and teacher planning time. The fourth section offers suggestions for lesson plan design, classroom methodology, and instructional strategies, including use of instructional technology. Program evaluation and assessment of student learning are addressed in the fifth section, with discussion of a variety of assessment methods. Appended materials include sample foreign language block schedules, lesson plan forms, several generic lesson plans, sample lessons and units, a list of software, forms to guide pacing and curriculum design, and sample French and Spanish curriculum guides. Contains 11 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Design, Lesson Plans, Program Administration, Scheduling, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages, Student Evaluation, Testing, Time Blocks
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina