Title

The “Non-Level Concept” and Its Potential for Curricular Innovation

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2018

Publication Title

Italica

Abstract

This paper reports on an exploratory study of an innovative approach to the teaching of content in a study abroad context using the ‘non-level concept’ (or NOLC) instruction. Based on triangulated data from classroom observations conducted over the course of a semester, instructor interviews, and student interviews and questionnaires, I present a qualitative analysis of the approach in terms of pedagogical practices, student-student interactions, and instructor intervention, as well as insights from instructor and student alike. Through this analysis I aim to provide a possible alternative to current curricular frameworks in the teaching of content courses in North America and beyond. Although certain modifications would be necessitated by a change in context, the implementation of the NOLC approach has the potential to be a viable and effective alternative or addition to current foreign language curricula.

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