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ERIC Number: ED129060
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr-5
Foreign Language "Think Tank" Symposium.
Thomas, Kathleen H.
At the Foreign Language"Think Tank" Symposium of April 1975, the following major problems of community college foreign language teachers were identified: (1) low enrollment; (2) attrition; (3) low achievers; (4) articulation with universities; and (5) lack of interest. Suggested solutions included: (Problem 1) advertisement, a foreign language requirement, relevance in the classroom; (Problem 2) more oral work, individualization, and courses geared towards nurses, police, and social workers; (Problem 3) individualization and re-examination of goals and objectives; and (Problem 5) stimulating interest through "Language Days," fairs, tutoring, awards, and scholarships. Problem 4 was found to be not really a problem. In addition to this discussion, a materials exchange produced books, cassettes, TV tapes, film, slides, and transparencies. A preview was also given of foreign language radio spot announcements. Finally, the following were discussed: university programs, the Florida Foreign Language Task Force, several trips, and a Language Day Fair at the Florida Technological University campus at Orlando. (AM)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Conference Reports, Conferences, Educational Problems, Educational Radio, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Materials, Language Enrollment, Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Modern Language Curriculum, Relevance (Education), Second Language Learning, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Teacher Workshops, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Minutes of the Plenary Foreign Language "Think Tank" Symposium (Seminole Junior College, April 4-5, 1975)