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   Thoughts on frequency and skills integration?
 From: Ryan Dehner
 To: Language Educators
 Posted: 08-07-2017 06:58
 Message: Greetings,

If you are a post-secondary language program coordinator, I was wondering if you might tell me how you go about making initial program design decisions concerning the following two questions (imagine you had to craft a language program from scratch, without institutional limitations):

  1. What is the ideal amount of classroom time (i.e. contact hours) you would want for students? For example, would you opt for a traditional course format in which, say, a three-credit class meets three hours per week for a four-month semester? Or would you plan courses to be five-credits so they could meet every day of the week? Importantly, using what data would you support your decision?

  2. Would you prefer to integrate listening, speaking, reading, and writing in your courses or create separate courses that attempt to isolate the four skills? And, again, what would you base your decision on?


So, frequency and skills integration preferences is what I am after here.

Much thanks and I look forward to any insights you may be able to provide.

-Ryan

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Ryan

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