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Schulz, Renate A. – Modern Language Journal, 1983
Discusses techniques for helping second language students develop strategies for dealing with unfamilar words and long sentences in second language texts. (EKN)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Reading Instruction, Reading Material Selection, Reading Research
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Helt, Richard C. – Modern Language Journal, 1982
Presents a practical, flexible framework for teaching communicative competence. Examples of objectives, materials, activities, and testing procedures are from the first-year German courses at the University of Arizona but are largely applicable to foreign language instruction in general. (EKN)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Communicative Competence (Languages), German, Higher Education
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Littlewood, William T. – Modern Language Journal, 1980
Suggests teaching methodology for second language teaching which helps learners acquire forms of linguistic system, link forms with meanings they communicate, and progress toward point where they can produce language forms while focusing on the meaning, not the forms themselves. (Author/BK)
Descriptors: Language Processing, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Henderson, Ingeborg – Modern Language Journal, 1980
Discusses the development and implementation of a series of culture units for use in elementary German courses. Describes a typical unit, which consists of a set of slides with accompanying text, outlining presentation strategies and class activities. Finally, analyzes the results of a course evaluation by students. (MES)
Descriptors: Course Evaluation, Cultural Education, German, Higher Education
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Holmes, Glyn – Modern Language Journal, 1980
Discusses the reasons for growing disenchantment with the language laboratory and introduces a novel approach to advanced listening comprehension exercises based on recordings of professional entertainers. Analyzes the sketches as examples of authentic discourse, as illustrations of different speech registers and regional variants, and as vehicles…
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Audiotape Recordings, Cultural Awareness, French
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Chastain, Kenneth – Modern Language Journal, 1980
Describes an experiment designed to determine which language errors interfere to the greatest degree with comprehension by native speakers of the language. For this purpose, an instructor prepared a list of most serious Spanish language errors which was submitted to native speakers for evaluation in terms of comprehension and acceptability. (MES)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Error Analysis (Language), Language Proficiency, Native Speakers
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Sugano, Marian Zwerling – Modern Language Journal, 1981
Explores special problems posed by idiomatic expressions for learners and teachers of second languages stressing need to integrate idioms into teaching. Presents program providing a classification of idiomatic expressions based on contrastive analysis of Spanish and English. (BK)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), English, Idioms, Indo European Languages
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Reiss, Mary-Ann – Modern Language Journal, 1981
Discusses belief that foreign language teachers, with help and cooperation from better language learners, can help less successful students increase their competency. Teachers must take student personality and cognition variables into account. (Author/BK)
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Higher Education, Learning Processes, Low Achievement
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Fischer, Robert A. – Modern Language Journal, 1979
Presents a learning transfer principle, based on transfer theory and contrastive analysis, as a solution to the inductive-deductive controversy in second language teaching methodology. (AM)
Descriptors: Contrastive Linguistics, Deduction, Grammar, Induction
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Walmsley, John B. – Modern Language Journal, 1979
Reviews current foreign language teaching methodology as it concerns the organization of the lesson into phases, and presents an alternate phase-sequence entailing linguistic environment, application, remedial, monitor, and feedback phases. (AM)
Descriptors: Language Instruction, Learning Theories, Lesson Plans, Psycholinguistics
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Carton, Dana – Modern Language Journal, 1979
This article outlines the final lesson of a foreign language class based on the theme "Going Out," which provides a review of the entire course work and at the same time provides new vocabulary to the students. (CFM)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, French, Language Instruction
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Lalande, John F. – Modern Language Journal, 1979
Suggests having foreign language students write business letters to stimulate interest in developing writing skills. This project gives the students the opportunity of travelling abroad vicariously and to collect souvenirs while improving their communication skills in the foreign language. (CFM)
Descriptors: Business Correspondence, Communication Skills, Cultural Education, Culture Contact
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Thiel, Friedrich – Modern Language Journal, 1980
Suggests foreign language teachers can use comparison of physical life in the relevant country with that in the United States as way to sharpen understanding of other cultures and encourage participation in foreign study programs. Uses Germany as an example. (Author/BK)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Traits, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs
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Goepper, Jane Black; Knorre, Martha L. – Modern Language Journal, 1980
Describes program at University of Cincinnati designed to prepare graduate teaching assistants for roles as language teachers. Program includes intensive two-weekend methods course, series of seminars in teaching, and series of class visits by supervisors followed by individual conferences. (Author/BK)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Language Teachers, Second Languages
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Buscaglia, Michael J.; Holman, William L. – Modern Language Journal, 1980
Describes use of teleprompter to assist foreign language instructor in stimulating coversation in classroom. (BK)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Communicative Competence (Languages), Higher Education, Oral Language
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