University of Pittsburgh) is Professor of German at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.
Intermediate Conversation and Composition Courses: What Makes Them Successful?
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1995 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 28, Issue 2, pages 274–285, May 1995
How to Cite
Davidheiser, J. C., Lorenz, K. M. and Olsony, N. (1995), Intermediate Conversation and Composition Courses: What Makes Them Successful?. Foreign Language Annals, 28: 274–285. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1995.tb00792.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT Successful conversation and composition courses entail a large amount of preparation and coordination. Three examples of courses that work well as a result of these efforts are outlined in this article, which is a report of a well-received presentation at ACTFL 1993. Included are courses in German, French, and Spanish. Goals are described and common characteristics of each course are delineated. Student activities and assessment methods are highlighted. With syllabi included, these courses are presented not simply as theoretical models but as concrete examples of strategies that succeed in the communicative classroom.