Dinah Dodds (Ph.D., University of Colorado) is Professor of German at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR.
Using Proficiency as the Organizing Principle in an Advanced Speaking Course for Majors
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1992 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 25, Issue 6, pages 497–506, December 1992
How to Cite
Dodds, D. (1992), Using Proficiency as the Organizing Principle in an Advanced Speaking Course for Majors. Foreign Language Annals, 25: 497–506. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1992.tb01133.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT While the proficiency movement has spawned numerous first and second year textbooks, very few proficiency-based materials are available for advanced students and majors. This article describes an advanced speaking course designed using the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines as the organizing principle. Students prepared and performed a wide variety of communicative tasks at the Advanced and Superior levels, including narrating and describing, hypothesizing, supporting an opinion, debating and being interviewed for a job. Assignments involved students in pairs and small group work as well as in the class as a whole. Audio and video taping provided feedback. Oral Proficiency Interviews administered at the beginning and the end of the course indicated an improvement in OPI rating for some students.