LEARNING A LANGUAGE AT HOME
Learning a language at home via a home study course is often the most convenient, though not necessarily the most efficient. You can go at your own pace and needn’t adjust your schedule to accommodate a regular class. Sets of recorded lessons are available at book and record stores or by mail order. They usually cover only the more common languages, and most do not go beyond the needs of the casual tourist. The tapes and records consist of groups of phrases and conversations you learn by repetition.
A set of four to six tapes and accompanying workbook might cost about $145. Taped lessons used by the Foreign Service Institute’s School of Language Studies to train diplomats are more complete and cover a wider range of languages. The State Department does not market these tapes directly, but they are available by writing to Order Section, National Audio-Visual Center, General Services Administration, Washington, D.C. 20409. The price for a basic course of about 20 cassette tapes and a text is $100 or so; the more cassettes, the higher the price. Delivery generally takes four to six weeks after receipt of your order.
If you want to earn credits toward a degree or prepare yourself to read foreign literature, consider a university correspondence course. A one semester course generally costs about $155 for beginners, postage not included. Any audio materials used may involve extra cost. Course quality is comparable to on-campus offerings. All assignments are reviewed by a professor or instructor and then returned, usually within a week. Language courses are included among the 12,000 courses listed in The Guide to Independent Study Through Correspondence Instruction, prepared by the National University Continuing Education Association. It is available in libraries or from Peterson’s Guides, P.O. Box 2123, Princeton, N.J. 08540, for $5.50 plus $1.75 for postage and handling.
One caveat about university correspondence courses: if your object is • to achieve minimal conversational skills, either for business or pleasure, you may not be willing to expend the effort required for these courses, according to Dr. Robert Batchellor, associated with the NUCEA guide. Self-instruction requires a commitment of at least ten hours per week. The National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs (NASILP) assists schools in designing and operating self-instruction programs based on tape learning supplemented by text and tutorials and eligible for college credit. NASILP keeps up with all of the options, including commercial programs, and will help you find a course to fit your specifications, whether or not it is a NASILP product.
A. Match each word with one of the meanings. There are more letters than numbers.
1. schedule (paragraph!)
a)t0 sPend or use energy, time, money, etc. b) something which takes up your time
2. caveat (paragraph 5)
because of the responsibilities you have c) designed for professional use _ . . . . _.
d) aim or purpose
3. object (paragraph 5 , . . . . ., .. . r 3 ‘ e) giving detailed information about a specific subject
4. expend (paragraph 5)
f) something suitable for or connected with something else
5. commitment (paragraph 5) g) a warning that you have to take something into account before you act
6. eligible (paragraph 6) n> a P,an that 9ives a list of events. jobs, etc. together with the times each thing should be done
B. Mark the statements as True (T) or False (F).
1. Most home study courses are prepared for people studying foreign literature.
2. Tapes of home study courses for diplomats are not found on the market.
3. The exact price of a set of home study course is $125.
4. University correspondence courses are not nearly as good as those offered at universities.
5. People taking a university correspondence course are given assignments regularly.
6. According to Dr. Batchellor, university correspondence courses are not
suitable for those who aim to achieve only conversational skills.
1. What are the advantages of home study courses?
2. How can you get the tapes of home study courses?
3. How does a person taking a home study course learn the phrases?
4. How much does a one-semester university correspondence course usually cost?
5. Who prepares The Guide to Independent Study Through Correspondence Instruction?
6. How much do you have to pay only for the delivery of the guide?