ERIC Number: ED424788
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Scheduling Foreign Languages on the Block. ERIC Digest.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.
This digest provides a description of block scheduling and discusses specific advantages, concerns, and considerations of block scheduling and foreign language instruction and learning. Block scheduling is a reorganization of school time that comes in many complex variations, including 4x4 (four blocks of 90 minutes each) and A/B (eight blocks taught on alternate days throughout the year) schedules. Advantages discussed include more concentration in the language being studied, the potential of longer class periods, more opportunities to offer and take advanced courses, an increased number of possibilities for selecting electives, and more time to internalize the language. Concerns and considerations include sequencing of foreign language courses, availability of courses, development of language proficiency, language retention, and articulation. Scheduling issues are also addressed. Included are several suggestions for scheduling foreign language courses on the block. (JL)
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Articulation (Education), Block Scheduling, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Language Proficiency, Retention (Psychology), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Time Factors (Learning)
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.