Masters Thesis

Theory and current trends in individualized instruction of foreign language.

In the last few years educators have experimented with two innovative techniques: non-grading, so that a student never fails, and self-pacing, where a student is allowed to progress at his own rate of speed. These techniques have most often been employed at the elementary school level, but recently they have become more widely used at the secondary and college levels. Non-grading and self-pacing have been tried in several subject areas, including sciences, mathematics, and social studies (history and geography). Recently, such techniques have also been attempted in foreign language teaching, across the nation, in both large and small schools, with varying results in terms of their success and failure. Non- grading and self-pacing are two important aspects of a currently popular approach to education known as individualized instruction.

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