Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

Doctor of Arts


Foreign Languages

First Advisor

Dr. E.D. Clowney


This research project involved the creation of a viable, interdisciplinary language-learning curriculum for the middle-school child who is experiencing his/ her initial contact with a language other than the native tongue. The course is exploratory in nature, lasting only nine weeks of the school year and was developed from a humanistic point of View, taking into account the special academic, emotional, and social needs of the preadolescent. Course content focuses on the development of students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and the importance of cultivating awareness and respect for the culture of the world’s peoples who communicate in the foreign language on a daily basis. Although French is the target language, student performance objectives and the enabling activities can easily be adapted to meet the needs of learners in other foreign- language classes.

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