Terry Marshall (Ph.D., Cornell University) is a parent striving to assure that his daughter's high school language program is a meaningful one.
In-situ Methodology Comes Home: The Native-Speaking Community in Language Learning
Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1986 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 19, Issue 3, pages 237–242, May 1986
How to Cite
Marshall, T. (1986), In-situ Methodology Comes Home: The Native-Speaking Community in Language Learning. Foreign Language Annals, 19: 237–242. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1986.tb02840.x
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ABSTRACT This article proposes that in-situ exploration, a methodology adapted from field-based learning of unwritten languages, has useful applications in the American foreign language classroom. Based on learner independence and community involvement, in-situ exploration utilizes native-speaking mentors, who, using a five-step “Learning Cycle,” help guide learners in defining their language-learning needs, and in drawing effective language from the local community. In the process of learning the basics of the new language, students learn the skills needed to continue self-directed learning once formal training has been completed.