The 1976 Western Workshop for Language Teachers: A Report to the Profession1


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    The workshop was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for approximately $78,000. The author would like to express his indebtedness to that agency, as well as to the Center for Applied Linguistics, which allowed him released time to conduct grant-related activities. Those wishing further information about funding possibilities through the Endowment should contact: Assistant Director, Elementary and Secondary Education Program, Division of Education Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC 20506. This is a slightly revised version of an article published in the ADFL Bulletin, 8, iii (1977), 29-33.


ABSTRACT This report describes the rationale, approach, and design of a four-week workshop conducted at Western Washington State College in July-August 1976. The fifty-six participants, teachers of French, German, and Spanish from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, were selected with the help of the state foreign language associations of these three states. Daily activities included a language class, a course in cross-cultural communication, and instruction in ‘non-traditional’ methods of language teaching (including adaptations of Counseling Learning and the Silent Way). Participants bad access to numerous campus resources which are described in the report. In an attempt to multiply the benefits derived from this workshop, twenty-five school administrators were invited to participate with the language teachers in a two-day mini-workshop as part of the project.