ERIC Number: ED175247
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Journal de classe (A Class Diary). Acts of the Colloquium of the Swiss Interuniversity Commission for Applied Linguistics. CILA Bulletin, No. 26.
Extracts from a journal kept by a French-speaking adult student in an intensive German language class are presented here. It is a critique of the audio-visual method, texts, teaching techniques, and students' reactions during the two parts of the course at the University of Berne. The extracts deal particularly with a comparison of the texts used in the course: "Audio-visuelles Unterrichtswerk - Deutsch I" (Didier) and "Deutsch 2000" (Max Huber Verlag). Among the conclusions drawn, the following appear to be important: (1) the course owed its success in large part to the instructor; (2) the method may well encourage the student to "dive into" the foreign language environment immediately and to manage quite well in the foreign language; and (3) the method has the practical advantage of distinguishing those who catch on quickly and those who are not likely to succeed. (AMH)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Audiolingual Methods, Audiovisual Instruction, Course Content, Course Evaluation, German, Intensive Language Courses, Language Instruction, Motivation, Postsecondary Education, Second Language Learning, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teaching Methods, Textbook Evaluation
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission Interuniversitaire Suisse de Linguistique Appliquee (Switzerland).