ERIC Number: ED213262
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct-24
Successful Foreign Language Programs: Strike Up the Band before They Drum Us Out of Town.
Ervin, Gerard L.
There are many analogies between the teaching of music and the teaching of foreign languages. First, the subjects themselves are similar: both are associated with culture, both involve a notational system, both represent a means of communication, and so on. The learning processes associated with music and language are similar, as well. Both are characterized by high degree of transfer of training, the need for a long study period before mastery is achieved, and the need for continuous utilization to avoid attrition. Teaching language is much like teaching music: the teacher must have a practitioner's level of skill, there is a body of great art to be drawn upon for teaching material, and differences between languages in terms of ease and marketability are analagous to differences between musical instruments. The language teacher would do well to follow the example of the music teacher, since the latter has learned the lessons of publicity, early initial instruction, dealing with limited resources, and professional cooperation. (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers (October 24, 1981).