To Advanced Proficiency and Beyond: Theory and Methods for by Tony Brown, Jennifer Bown

By Tony Brown, Jennifer Bown

To complicated talent and past: thought and strategies for constructing more suitable moment Language Ability addresses an enormous factor in moment Language Acquisition―how to assist novices growth from Intermediate and complex talent to more suitable and past. as a result pressures of globalization, American society encounters an ever-increasing call for for audio system with complex language skills. This quantity makes to be had leading edge examine on operating reminiscence and cognition and empirical stories of potent educating. additionally it may function a realistic guide for pro and pre-professional teachers alike. The bringing jointly of the most recent in moment language acquisition conception, many years of empirical learn, and useful lecture room program makes for an unheard of quantity studying the fulfillment of Superior-level overseas language skillability.

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A Starting Point: The Foreign Service Institute In 1984, the Russian program at FSI embarked on an ambitious project: Take students from ILR-3 to ILR-4 in six months. Entry requirements were a recent ILR-3 rating and at least three years abroad, the typical assignment for a Foreign Service Officer. For six years, 1983–1989, every student in the course made ILR-4 and some reached ILR-4+. The two instructors who developed the content-based course (and others who taught it) used a variety of linguistic activities, such as islands, embellishments, complication exercises, and restating an utterance or speech by someone in a different register.

Someone who also has a good command, including a significant level of metalinguistic awareness, of the meaning—form relationships that are encoded with various degrees of fixity and fluidity at the lexicogrammatical level, thereby giving the impression of fluent but also thoughtful, online, situation creation of meaningful language. (51–52) Whether in academe, government, or industry, AL2 teachers take on the challenge of facilitating learning at the higher levels of proficiency daily. Keeping in mind that much of teaching for higher levels is counterintuitive and counter to contemporary teaching practices, AL2 teachers can glean ideas for how to get students to the highest levels of proficiency by studying successful language programs like the classroom-based ones at DLIFLC, FSI, and other US government language institutions; university and other academic programs that are presented elsewhere in this volume; and, where study abroad can be a strong component of a program, the recently emerging Flagship programs.

Although the DLPT5 is a multiple-choice test of listening and reading skills, CE conducts a diagnostic assessment (DA), which is an interactive, full-range, formative proficiency assessment, on each student. Graduation results have been, for the most part, consistent between the DLPT5 results and the DA results. 1 is a representation of the improvements in proficiency that have occurred as the current methodology has been gradually introduced, beginning in 2008. Curricula CE curricula are designed to engage the Level 3 and above learner.

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