Edward V. Johnson (Ed. D.,—George Peabody College for Teachers) is a teacher of English and French at Mt. Juliet Jr. High School, Wilson County, Tennessee.
Foreign Language Mini-Courses: Still a Good Idea
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1979 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 12, Issue 3, pages 201–204, May 1979
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Johnson, E. V. (1979), Foreign Language Mini-Courses: Still a Good Idea. Foreign Language Annals, 12: 201–204. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1979.tb00170.x
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ABSTRACT Many high school students do not continue their foreign language study beyond the second year. A major cause of this is schedule conflicts. With a mini-course system, such conflicts can be minimized: students are not locked into a full-year commitment, courses are independent and flexible, and individualized learning programs can be readily organized. However, mini-course systems initially require much work, make continuity difficult, and often demand materials that students have to buy. Among the sources which can help a teacher to set up a mini-course system are materials on hand, materials catalogues, and students. The plan should involve the administration, a school-wide public relations program, and continual evaluation. In one school the advanced class enrollment tripled within five years after establishing a mini-course system.