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Modern Language Teaching

(Audio recording)

Language: English

This audio presentation by Lionel H. Elvin, the Director of UNESCO’s Department of Education from 1950-56, stresses the importance of learning at least one foreign language to encourage the understanding of other peoples in the world. Elvin notes that there had been dissatisfaction with the state of language teaching at the time. However, he highlighted the great progress that had been in made in understanding the nature of language learning. Additionally, Elvin notes that there had been great progress in teaching English as a second language. The influence of WWII on language teaching is highlighted, since it was imperative at the time to teach intelligence personnel a myriad of languages fast and effectively. Some of the war techniques were used as learning tactics in education centres. Elvin outlines how the war methods, and other methods focused on teaching English, were being revised and reapplied to aid language learning in multiple languages all over the world. UNESCO aimed to share language learning tactics across the member states, to bring teachers together from as many countries as possible, and to share ideas through an International Learning Seminar in Sri Lanka (formally known as Ceylon) to stimulate curiosity about teaching methods in other countries. UNESCO sought to publish, A Bibliography of Teaching Modern Languages (1955), and a study of the curricular of modern language teaching. Additionally, the importance of exploring the teaching potentialities of different mediums like the radio and TV is noted.

on this subject: A Bibliography on the teaching of modern languages (unesdoc)

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Type: Radio programme
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Author: Sri Lanka
Participant: Lionel H. Elvin
Publisher: UNESCO Radio
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Original: Reel-to-reel audio tape
Location: F-S.314
UMVS reference: STV2713
Studio TV ref.: RAD/2713
Rights holder: UNESCO