Roger P. Minert (Ph.D. Candidate) is the Assistant to the Coordinator for Undergraduate Instruction in the Department of German at The Ohio State University, Columbus.
The Language Bowl: Theory and Practice
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1991 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 24, Issue 3, pages 183–191, May 1991
How to Cite
Minert, R. P. (1991), The Language Bowl: Theory and Practice. Foreign Language Annals, 24: 183–191. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1991.tb00462.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT The popularity and frequency of academic competitions in the foreign languages (language bowls) is increasing, but literature on its organization and implementation is sparse. This article discusses the theory behind language bowl competition and demonstrates its value for students and instructors alike. The creation of question banks is described via sample questions. Various methods of question presentation are shown and their relative merits discussed, fairness to the competitors being the underlying standard. Suggestions are made for the efficient administration and conduct of all aspects of the language bowl, such as guidelines for organizers, participants, and moderators.