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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 31, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHRRIDGE HERALD Tuejrfoy, Morch 37, 1970 The Value In Another Language? By MIRJELLA DiSABATO Assumption School What is the value of learn- ing a second or third or fourth language then? The CONCISE OXFORD DIC- TIONARY defines Education thus: "The systematic devel- opment ar.d cultivation of the normal power intellect, feel- EJIRS and conduct so as to render tlicm cfficder.t in some particu- lar form of laving." Education, therefore, arrives at its scope from the individ- ual's immediate surrounding and from the outer circle, the outside world. This world is def- initely not monolingual. It does not possess a universal langu- age as c'cst la confusion des langucs qui a fait s' 'ecroul- er la premiere tour de Babel." Language is the communica- tion of ideas, ttic essential ex- pression of .1 people's behavior, outlooks and reactions to life. Each people's conscious thoughts, feelings, attitudes and values are expressed and shap- ed by their language. In the book "How to Teach a Foreign Language" (JcsperseiO on page 9 is stntcd: ''The highest purpose in ,cnn> ir.g a modern language is tho attainment of the best thoughts and institutions of a foreign nation: its literature, its cul- ture in short the spirit of the ration in the v.-idsel sense ol the v.-ord." A stunning progress ia the scientific and teclnioloKi- col fields; the shaping of an ever complex system of busi- ness dealings; world trade with engagements in imports and ex- ports; a sudden surge towards studies for professional and yo- c-tacmal aspects (for journalis- tic or scientific purpose) con- stantly improving travel facil- ities displayed for example by the tourist trade; an increasing involvements, national security, diplomatic relations and rise of world leaders, are ail self evident truths. There exists a concern for the attainment of international un- derstanding and in an ever shrinHnfi world with perilous tensions which charac- terize relations czr.ong peoples. This acknowledges the need of foreign language study, today no longer a luxury. The make up of Canada's na- tional and Alberta's provincial population cannot be set aside in the consideration of reasons for studying a second foreign language. One cannot shut his eyes to the reality that Canada possesses a variety of historic pasts. The second or third or even Hie fourth language serve to place tlic individual's hori- zons within Canadian borders. Great Britain, the United States and Europe arc used not as the great or social leaders in Canada, but rather as 're- source persons. When the best of all possible is contributed by ihcm as Can- ada establishes 'identity.' The individual Ixgins to ac- quire a real sense of belonging to Canada, physically, political- ly historically, a-d spiritually by undcrst.-ir.ding and conse- quently by respecting the peo- ple of other language bock- grounds. There is :.T; imperative need for integration of foreign lan- guages wilh the preparation of the future trades- men, scientists" the youth of Canada, beginning with the ele- mentary school children. sss a universal langu- ture in snare me spmi w How's Your Listening Comprehension? vvi-iTvi- Tf In every subject area teacher finds it necessary fre- quently to measure bis effec- tiveness and ascertain student mastery of what has been taught. This can readily be done in most subjects by fre- quent quizzes and short tests. Indeed in a very real way classroom tests define the short range course objectives of the teachers, and stimulate Uie student to fucus on these objec- tives. If coiTCC performance is immediately commended and errors pointed out the test bcs fulfills Ms function as part of tile leas-nine process. Since progress in V.I.F, at the Junior Iligh level means achievement in the areas of listening comprehension, and oral expression which includes pronunciation, intonation and fhic-ncy, most of the class time is devoted to oral performance. K the class is large, one tends to give more frequent op- portunities for response to stu- dents who will likely give the best performance. Therefore, to assure all students of an equal opportunity and objective grading, a method of evaluation is necessary. This enables the teaclier to be conscious of students who have not been sufficiently ac- tive and alerts him to the need of giving them more attention. As a daily evaluation must take account of the factors in- volved in a satisfactory per- formance it may seem time- taking. This is not necessarily the case, as a simplified form can bo used that makes it possible for the teacher to complete the notation for each class in a matter of minutes. For exam- ple- no performance1 might be rated 0; average performance with little fluency 2 and excel- lent or near native perform- ance 5. A series of questions pre pared in advance are used to test comprehension. Later by further questions the student is led to apply tlic French learned in a specific situation to Ilis own daily life. The use of the lab for short periods can be of great assistance in develop- ing fluency, pronunciation and intonation. It makes :t rosdble for each student to receive the maxi- mum of individual attention and at the same time enables the teacher lo be more objec- tive in assuring students' pro- Cress. If tin's record has been kept, at t.hc end of eight or 10 weeks when :lic teacher sub- mits Ilis crr-tiings, he will have the assurance not only that ho lias a valid evaluation, but also that the effort been stimu- lating both for himself and Tor his students. pointed out the test best opportunity mm Students' Comments On Taking French Diane PunBcr French ju.st bocnn.se it. v.'i.s Uiere necticd it tin4 etc. Now 1 take il it is a fascul- ating Tr you a sneaky :o another ;