ERIC Number: ED424789
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Languages across the Curriculum. ERIC Digest.
Straight, H. Stephen
This digest discusses Language Across the Curriculum (LAC), an approach to teaching language that works with faculty in other content areas to identify the specific vocabulary and genres that students need in order to function effectively in another language in their respective disciplines. LAC also draws from the content-based approach to language instruction. This approach is designed with the idea that instruction that emphasizes purposeful comprehension and communicative production yields superior receptive and expressive vocabulary, complexity, and fluency. LAC aims to facilitate the use of languages in a variety of meaningful contexts and to motivate and reward students for using their multilingual skills in every class they take at each level in the university curriculum. Specific sections address the origins and aims of LAC, design variants in LA programming, and LAC challenges and opportunities. (Contains 12 references.) (JL)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Curriculum Design, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Interdisciplinary Approach, Program Design, Second Language Instruction, Student Motivation, Teaching Methods
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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.