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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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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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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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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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Ralph, Edwin G. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1982
Specific student attitude problems in compulsory language courses are described and solutions to them are presented, including first-day pep talks, teacher approval and positive attitudes, use of interesting topics, props, provision for student creativity, skillful use of questioning, and use of novelty. (MSE)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Change Strategies, Core Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education
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Omaggio, Alice C. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1982
A variety of games are described and illustrated for two categories of instructional objectives: (1) to promote relatively complex communicative exchanges among students, and (2) to require students to retain information given by others in the class and use it to solve problems. (MSE)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Cognitive Ability, Communication Skills, Communicative Competence (Languages)
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Trivelli, Remo J. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1983
Demonstrates ways the sentence combining technique can play a significant role in developing the writing skill, in making students more aware of their creative ability, and in heightening their sense of stylistic preferences. A range of combining exercises using Italian as the model language are provided. (Author/AMH)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Higher Education, Italian, Language Skills
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Hendrickson, James M. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1983
Thirty classroom-tested activities are presented for motivating students to communicate orally in any foreign language. For each activity, the following information is provided: level, purpose, materials, procedure, and source. Variations and follow-up activities are also suggested. (Author/AMH)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Communicative Competence (Languages), Educational Games, Learning Activities
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