A blend language as a teaching tool: The structure and goals of Intergloss

Steven Csik


In 1976 the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) established the Institute for Curricular and Instructional Innovation in Language at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, under the direction of Dr. Carl Ziegler with Brian McKinney as Associate Director. The specific objective of the Institute has been to create a language concepts curriculum for students who are under-prepared for dealing with foreign langauges. The resulting course, "Inter-Language Concepts", has as its subject matter a pedagogical, "blend" language termed "Intergloss" which serves as the medium for presenting general notions of grammar. Students who have had no previous foreign language training in high school or who have studied one year of a foreign language in high school with minimal achievement as well as students who need additional work with basic Standard English have been assigned to the course in the summer immediately preceding their freshman year. 260 students participated in 1978 at Bloomington; 280, in 1979. Since its creation 1,300 students have taken the course in three educational settings: Indiana University's Groups Special Services Program in Bloomington, and the Upward Bound Programs at Notre Dame Unversity, South Bend, Indiana, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Since 1977 I have taught this course in Bloomington and will in this paper describe the structure of Intergloss and the goals of the course.


Intergloss; pedagogy; blend language; course design

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