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Allen, Edward D. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1985
A rationale is presented for describing the communicative competence of language students in terms of proficiency guidelines. Techniques are discussed for helping students develop communicative proficiency in the four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and for evaluating students' proficiency levels in relation to…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Communicative Competence (Languages), Educational Objectives, Evaluation Criteria
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Savignon, Sandra J. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1985
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages' Provisional Proficiency Guidelines are criticized for their narrow view of language use and the inadequacy of their construct of "proficiency." The appropriateness of the guidelines as a basis for developing a syllabus or designing a curriculum is questioned. (MSE)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Curriculum Design, Evaluation Criteria, Grammar
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Fraser, Nancy Wickwire – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1985
Ten "do's" and eight "don'ts" for beginning teachers to use to enhance the classroom atmosphere and forge a bond of confidence between teacher and student are outlined. The suggestions, based on experience, are designed to help the teacher avoid pitfalls and use positive strategies from the first day of class. (MSE)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Classroom Communication, Classroom Techniques, French
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Nuessel, Frank – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1985
Kinesics, a form of nonverbal communication, is defined and described; the manner in which visual signals are expressed verbally in contemporary Spanish literature is characterized and exemplified; similarities and differences in exemplary gestures are examined across cultures; and the pedagogical implications are discussed. (MSE)
Descriptors: Body Language, Classroom Techniques, Cross Cultural Studies, Interpretive Skills
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Nemni, Monique – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1985
Four vocabulary instruction problems are addressed on practical and theoretical levels: how to select vocabulary, organize it effectively, convey the meaning of words, and improve retention of new words through meaningful practice. Suggestions are given for using creative activities that are both educationally and linguistically sound. (MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Development, French
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Comeau, Marthe, Ed.; Coutu-Vaillancourt, Ghislaine, Ed. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1985
Outlines a variety of suggestions for classroom activities for second language instruction and immersion. Most activities focus on the use of illustrations or illustrated materials. The descriptions of the activities are in French. (MSE)
Descriptors: Cartoons, Class Activities, Elementary Education, Experiential Learning
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Duhamel, Ronald J. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1985
Secondary school French immersion programs in Manitoba and Saskatchewan are outlined, and some causes of student attrition are discussed. Institutional, societal, and individual variables are related to the situation; suggestions on provisions for immersion students' special French language needs on the postsecondary level are offered. (AMH)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Articulation (Education), College Second Language Programs, Foreign Countries
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Shapson, Stan – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1985
Outlines ways for postsecondary institutions to adapt entry requirements and develop new courses to meet the needs of two target groups with different language learning needs: functionally bilingual secondary immersion graduates and graduates of secondary foreign language programs who show interest in increasing proficiency in French. (MSE)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Bilingual Education, College Second Language Programs, Educational Change
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Allen, J. P. B. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1983
Three approaches to language curriculum design are outlined: structural, functional, and experiential. A three-level model is proposed for a second language curriculum that integrates the three approaches and their goals into an adaptable curriculum meeting varied needs with consistent methodology and theory. Both linear and cyclical applications…
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Communicative Competence (Languages), Curriculum Design, English (Second Language)
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Di Pietro, Robert J. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1983
It is suggested that native speakers understand that narrative in literature is a form of transcript of full discourse, and students of English can learn the same clues of transaction and interaction in texts through exercises in plot analysis, plot mutation, and scenario derivation. (MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Discourse Analysis, English (Second Language), Literature Appreciation
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Danesi, Marcel – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1983
The use of graphics for teaching the structure of the target language is examined as an extension of the traditional use of graphics to teach vocabulary and text comprehension. The concept is illustrated with examples from several languages. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classification, Diagrams, Grammar, Second Language Instruction
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Douglas, Patricia Aucoin, Ed. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1984
Gives objectives and instructions for games and exercises for the second language classroom. Examples are all in French. (EKN)
Descriptors: Class Activities, French, Second Language Instruction
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Calve, Pierre – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1983
The dislocation of sentence elements in spoken French is seen as allowing the speaker to free himself from certain constraints imposed on word order, position of accents, and grammar. Dislocation is described, its various functions are enumerated, and implications for second language instruction are outlined. (MSE)
Descriptors: French, Grammar, Second Language Instruction, Sentence Structure
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Tumanov, Alexander – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1983
Integration of extracurricular activities into the second language curriculum is supported in the context of culturally oriented communicative second language teaching. After methodological approaches in the literature are analyzed, various extracurricular program provided at the University of Toronto are described. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, Communicative Competence (Languages), Cultural Context, Extracurricular Activities
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Nerenz, Anne G.; Knop, Constance K. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1983
The amount of instructional time lost to transitional activities by student teachers, and techniques to minimize this time loss, are discussed. Time lost is estimated to average 9 percent, varying with the individual teacher. Suggestions are given for teacher supervisors to help student teachers optimize their class time. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Efficiency, Language Teachers, Productivity
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