Ali Alalou (Ph.D. University of California, Davis) is Assistant Professor of French and Director of the French Language Program at Columbia University.
Using Student Expectations and Perceived Needs to Rethink Pedagogy and Curriculum: A Case Study
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1999 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 32, Issue 1, pages 27–35, March 1999
How to Cite
Alalou, A. and Chamberlain, E. (1999), Using Student Expectations and Perceived Needs to Rethink Pedagogy and Curriculum: A Case Study. Foreign Language Annals, 32: 27–35. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1999.tb02374.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
Because the mission of language departments in large research universities was traditionally the training of graduate students in literary analysis, less attention was devoted to the teaching of lower level language courses. Recently, however, revitalizing language programs has become a major concern for many departments. This study discusses a case of such revitalization at a major metropolitan university. The paper presents results of a pilot study aimed at assessing students' needs and redefining the goals and objectives of a traditional French language program.