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ERIC Number: EJ834358
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0957-1736
Out of This Nettle, Drop-Out, We Pluck This Flower, Opportunity: Re-Thinking the School Foreign Language Apprenticeship
Hawkins, Eric
Language Learning Journal, v32 n1 p4-17 Win 2005
The assumption that the "purpose" of school foreign language teaching is to serve "instrumental" ends may largely underlie the present adolescent dropout. In this article the author proposes a two-stage foreign language apprenticeship. A two-stage apprenticeship would include a carefully planned diagnostic element, preparing learners for the important choices to be made at stage two of the journey, motivated by emerging adult interests, both academic and vocational. The author contends that recovery from the dropout could be further encouraged by the restoration of a crucial ingredient at stage two, now lost by too many learners, namely, "intensive immersion in the chosen language." Ways of doing this are cited which were road-tested successfully in the 1970s and 80s. With this vital ingredient restored and with the different "purposes" of the two stages of the school course clearly recognized, teachers can surely transform dropout into opportunity. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom