Robert C. Lafayette (Ph.D., Ohio State University) is Associate Professor of Education at Indiana University, Bloomington.
Coping with ‘Innovative Overchoice:’ A Curriculum Model*
Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1978 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 11, Issue 3, pages 247–256, May 1978
How to Cite
Lafayette, R. C. (1978), Coping with ‘Innovative Overchoice:’ A Curriculum Model. Foreign Language Annals, 11: 247–256. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1978.tb00033.x
This is a revision of a portion of the keynote address at the Southern Conference on Language Teaching, Atlanta, Ga., October 1976.
- Issue online: 31 DEC 2008
- Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT During the last ten years, the second language teacher has been presented with a plethora of innovative ideas, many of which suggest additions to an already crowded curriculum or demand more work from an already overworked teacher. This paper presents a model to help teachers cope with this problem. Called “Core Plus Open Time,” the model includes the definition of basic content for all students, followed by diagnosis, which in turn leads to a series of reinforcement and enrichment activities. Variations of the basic model are applied to three levels of instruction. There is discussion of how best to define the core content, as well as suggestions concerning effective instructional modes.