Derek M. Van Abbé (Ph.D., University of Melbourne) is Principal Lecturer in Modern Languages and Head of the Modern Languages department in the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology, under the Cambridgeshire Local Education Authority, Cambridge, England. He was educated at King's College, Cambridge, and served during the Second World War as a Major in G-2 in the War Office, London, and in the Pentagon. After 1945 he went to Australia, where he lectured in German at the University of Melbourne and was Reader in charge of German in the University of Adelaide. He returned to England in 1961. He was one of the pioneers of modern methods of language teaching in the U.K. and is one of the authors of Guide to Modern Teaching Methods (Cassell's). In 1962 he was one of the founders of the Audio-Visual Language Association and became its Foundation Chairman; he is still the Association's National Treasurer. Originally a literary historian, he is the author of three monographs on German literature, including Image of a People, a study of modern German literature in its social setting (George G. Harrap and Co., Ltd.). He has directed many courses on new teaching methods, and lectures on the subject for the U.K. Ministry of Education.
A New Type of Language Degree Course- A Report from the United Kingdom
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1968 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 1, Issue 4, pages 301–311, May 1968
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VAN Abbé, D. M. (1968), A New Type of Language Degree Course- A Report from the United Kingdom. Foreign Language Annals, 1: 301–311. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1968.tb00146.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
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