A-LM Series by Harcourt, Brace & World Center

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Re: A-LM Series by Harcourt, Brace & World Center

Postby Dieter Schmidt » Fri Dec 25, 2020 10:56 pm

tangleweeds wrote:I wanted you to know how much I appreciate this kind of in-depth tour through language learning materials, especially ones that are so hard to find. I especially love it when photos are included, too. So thanks for all of the time and work you put into these posts!


I certainly appreciate your kind words, tangleweeds. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. Reviewing these materials is a good "refresher course" for me—it doesn't seem possible we're talking 50 or more years ago since their creation! I hope readers will post more questions about or experiences with A-LM®. Best wishes to you!
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Re: A-LM Series by Harcourt, Brace & World Center

Postby Dieter Schmidt » Sun Dec 27, 2020 5:23 pm

A-LM® Levels Two, Three, and Four First Edition TEACHER’S MANUALS © 1963-1966

The A-LM® Teacher’s Manuals for Levels Two, Three, and Four were published a year later than the corresponding student textbooks. The reason for this was that the Tests were not yet ready for publication when the textbooks were printed. Since the Tests (with Answer Key) were included in the manuals, the publication of the Teacher’s Manuals (and the Student Test Answer Forms) was delayed a year.

The complete title of the second and third year manuals was “A-LM® (Spanish): Level Two/Three Teacher’s Manual with Tests and Audio Index.” Contents in all five languages—French, German, Italian,* Russian, and Spanish—were subdivided into the same sections: Introduction, Student Text, Recordings, Audio Index, General Procedures (Level Two only), Suggestions for Lesson Plans, Answer Key to Writing Drills (Level Three only), Tests, and Answer Key to Tests. The average length of the manuals for both Levels Two and Three was 144 pages.

The fourth-year manual was entitled “A-LM (French): Level Four Teacher’s Manual with Tests.” Content sections in the four languages were once again the same: Introduction, Student Text, Recordings, Answer Key to Exercises, Tests, and Answer Key to Tests. This manual was comparatively a much “thinner” publication for two main reasons: there were no longer “Suggestions for Lesson Plans” and “Audio Index” sections included and, instead of offering a test for each unit, a series of only five exams was written for the “Tests” section. For the first time, a Student Test Answer Forms booklet was not available. The French Level Four manual was 67 pages in length.

Notes:

• Along with the A-LM® Italian: Level Two textbook, the accompanying Teacher’s Manual was not published until 1965, the same year the fourth-level textbooks were published in French, German, Russian, and Spanish. (Level Two materials in these four languages were published on schedule in 1962-1963.)

• While all A-LM® Teacher’s Manuals are hard to find these days, the upper levels are particularly challenging. Even though students during the 1960s were encouraged to study the same language for four years, enrollments still dropped substantially (but less than previously) after the second year. As a result, fewer upper level textbooks and supplementary components were ever published to begin with, thereby accounting for their scarcity today.

* A-LM® Italian was only a two-level program, so there are obviously no materials beyond the second level.
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A-LM® 2 Teacher's Manuals in 4 languages
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A-LM® Italian 2 Teacher's Manual, pp. 34-35
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Re: A-LM Series by Harcourt, Brace & World Center

Postby Dieter Schmidt » Mon Dec 28, 2020 7:36 pm

@ Speakeasy

A-LM® Levels One through Four FIRST EDITION MATERIALS © 1961-1967

The following information is a supplement to the excellent introductory post by Speakeasy dated Mon Apr 11, 2016. In his comprehensive introduction, the author lists components of the A-LM® programs under “The Materials” section. Let me join Hellfrick and others in thanking Speakeasy for his outstanding leadership in the creation and execution of this forum. Chapeau ! Hut ab!

The list below pertains to the A-LM® FIRST EDITION materials only. Ancillaries such as the “Teacher’s Test Manual” and “Classroom/Laboratory Cassette Tapes” are components of the SECOND EDITION (© 1969-1974). This can all be a bit confusing! As an aid to collectors/readers, then, following is a complete list of the FIRST EDITION materials and their corresponding copyright dates.* As has been noted earlier, the A-LM® Italian program was only prepared for Levels One and Two (© 1961-1965) and, unlike the other four languages, never appeared in a second edition.

A-LM® Level One © 1961-1967
Student Text Materials + Binder (packet edition) © 1961
Student Texts (clothbound edition) © 1963 (not in Italian) **
French/Spanish 7 Textbooks (Units 1-7) © 1964
French/Spanish 8 Textbooks (Units 7-14) © 1964

Student Test Answer Forms © 1961
Practice Record Sets © 1961
French/Spanish 7 Record Sets (Units 1-7) © 1964
French/Spanish 8 Record Sets (Units 7-14) © 1964

Classroom/Laboratory Tape Sets © 1961
Classroom/Laboratory Record Sets © 1961
Listening-Comprehension Testing Tapes © 1961
Dialog Posters © 1964
Teacher’s Cue Cards © 1964

Teacher’s Manuals © 1961
Expanded Teacher’s Manuals (French and Spanish only) © 1964
Reading-Writing-Spelling Manuals © 1962 (not in Italian)
Workbooks (French, German, and Spanish only) © 1967


A-LM® Level Two © 1962-1963
Student Texts © 1962
Student Test Answer Forms © 1963
Practice Record Sets © 1962
Classroom/Laboratory Tape Sets © 1962
Classroom/Laboratory Record Sets © 1962
Listening-Comprehension Testing Tapes © 1963
Teacher’s Manuals © 1963

A-LM® Level Three © 1964-1965
Student Texts © 1964
Student Test Answer Forms © 1965
Practice Record Sets © 1964
Classroom/Laboratory Tape Sets © 1964
Classroom/Laboratory Record Sets © 1964
Listening-Comprehension Testing Tapes © 1965
Teacher’s Manuals © 1965

A-LM® Level Four © 1965-1966
Student Texts © 1965
Classroom/Laboratory Tape Sets © 1965
Classroom/Laboratory Record Sets © 1965
Teacher’s Manuals © 1966

To the best of my knowledge, the above is a complete list of the published components of the FIRST EDITION A-LM® programs. If anyone sees any errors or omissions, please comment and I will gladly make the corrections!

* Although portions of some materials were copyrighted one or two years earlier, the listed copyright dates correspond with the year they were first published.

** Italicized components are additions to the original A-LM® Level One program published in 1961.
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A-LM® FR 1 w/French 7 & 8 materials (1964)
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A-LM® FR 1 w/Student Text Materials (1961)
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A-LM@ FR 1 w/Student Textbook (1963)
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A-LM® FR 2, 3, & 4 materials (1962-1966)
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Re: A-LM Series by Harcourt, Brace & World Center

Postby Dieter Schmidt » Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:28 pm

A-LM® TREASURE TROVE CONTEST!

After years of being stashed away in the attic, this tub of A-LM® SPANISH: Levels One-Four (First Edition) "treasures" was discovered! How many items can you identify? To simplify things a bit, please use the following abbreviations:

ST = Student Textbook
TM = Teacher’s Manual
PRS = Practice Record Set
C/L T = Classroom/Laboratory Tape(s)
C/L R = Classroom/Laboratory Records

Now, take a close look at the three photos below. Record your answers using the following format:

Level 1 - C/L T (11 Classroom/Laboratory Tapes in red boxes)
Level 2 - ???
Level 3 - ???
Level 4 - ???

The first item has been done for you. There are ten (10) more to be identified. (Level 3 is a challenge; a few items are partially hidden, but still visible to the discerning eye!)

I will post the “Answer Key” one week from today, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. Who will be the first to get all the correct answers?

Bonne chance ! Viel Glück! Buona fortuna! ¡Buena suerte! And yes, good luck!
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A-LM® Spanish: Levels 1-4, Photo #1
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A-LM® Spanish: Levels 1-4, Photo #2
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A-LM® Spanish: Levels 1-4, Photo #3
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Re: A-LM Series by Harcourt, Brace & World Center

Postby Dieter Schmidt » Fri Jan 15, 2021 9:48 pm

MORE ON THE A-LM® TREASURE TROVE TUB! (See Jan 09, 2021 11:28 am post above.)

“Answer Key" to Contest

Level 1 - C/L T
Level 2 - ST, PRS, C/L T
Level 3 - ST, TM, PRS, C/L T, C/L R
Level 4 - ST, TM

Original (Edited) Listing*

“For sale is a large tub of A-LM® Spanish instruction materials used in the 1960s. These A-LM® items include textbooks, teacher's manuals, reel-to-reel tapes, and vinyl records. The aim of A-LM® instruction was to allow students to acquire foreign language fluency first by listening and then by speaking. Reading and writing were considered secondary.** This collection was stored in an attic several decades and I no longer have a reel-to-reel tape player nor record turntable so I can't say how well things perform, but they appear to be in carefully handled condition otherwise.
Inventory
Level One: Tapes S11-S22 + S40 on 7-inch (7 1/2 ips) reels (13 total)
Level Two: Student Textbook, Practice Record Set, Tapes for Units 15-23 on 5-inch (3 3/4 ips) reels: Tapes 17B, C, D, E; 18A, B, C, D; 19A, B, C; 20A, E; 21A, C, D, E; 22B, C, D, E; 23C, D, E (24 total)
Level Three: Student Textbook, Teacher’s Manual, Practice Record Set, Listening-Comprehension Testing Tape 3T-1 (one 7-inch reel), Classroom/Laboratory Record Set (12 large 12-inch disks in case)
Level Four: Student Textbook, two Teacher's Manuals (identical)
The collection weights 40 pounds before any packaging is added, so I am requesting local pickup only. Please see all three photos.”
(Note: The photos appear in the above post.)

* This material is no longer available.
** These two statements are somewhat misleading. While it is true that listening and speaking were dealt with exclusively during the initial "recommended" audio-lingual period (Level One, Units 1-4), all four language skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—were practiced and developed thereafter.
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A-LM Spanish: Levels 1, 2, & 4 Materials
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Re: A-LM Series by Harcourt, Brace & World Center

Postby Dieter Schmidt » Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:27 pm

A-LM® SPANISH (FIRST EDITION) RECORDED MATERIALS

The audio materials for A-LM® First Edition programs came in four packages: Practice Record Sets (7” disks @ 33 1/3 RPM containing Basic Dialogs and Basic Sentences with one record for each unit—Levels One, Two, and Three); Classroom/Laboratory Tape Sets (5” & 7” reels @ 3 3/4 ips and 7 1/2 ips speeds); Classroom/Laboratory Record Sets (12” disks @ 33 1/3 RPM); and Listening-Comprehension Tape Sets (7” reels with three or four tapes per set—Levels One, Two, and Three).

And now, for the true “A-LM® nerds,” the following information is all you ever wanted to know about the Classroom/Laboratory Tape and Record Sets for the A-LM® Spanish program. Contents of both sets were identical and, as the title indicates, they were designed for use either in the classroom and/or the language lab, if one was available. These sets contained all the recorded text material for each level. Configurations for the French, German, and Russian audio programs were very similar to the Spanish one below.

Classroom/Laboratory Tape Sets*

Level 1 (Units 1-14) • 20 and 40 reel sets, numbered consecutively by “S” (Spanish) + tape number: Reel S1, S2, ... S20 (or S40).
Level 2 (Units 15-23) • 40 reels, numbered consecutively by unit + section: Reel 15A, 15B, 15C, 15D, 16A, ... 23E.
Level 3 (Units 24-35) • 30 reels, numbered consecutively by unit + section: Reel 24A, 24B, 25A, ... 35B.
Level 4 (Units 36-50) • 16 reels, numbered by unit: Reel 36, 37, ... 50. Reel 51, the last tape, contains the Listening Comprehension section for each of five tests, after Units 38, 41, 44, 47, and 50.

Classroom/Laboratory Record Sets

Level 1 (Units 1-14) • 15 records, numbered consecutively by record number + (side) A or B: Disk 1A / 1B (first record), 2A / 2B (second record), ... 15A / 15B.
Level 2 (Units 15-23) • 20 records, numbered consecutively by unit + section with two sections per record: Disk 15A / 15B (first record), 15C / 15D (second record), ... 20A / 20B.
Level 3 (Units 24-35) • 12 records, numbered consecutively by unit + section with two sections per record: Disk 24A / 24B (first record), 25A / 25B (second record), ... 35A / 35B.
Level 4 (Units 36-50) • 8 records, numbered consecutively by unit: Disk 36 / 37 (first record), 38 / 39 (second record), ... 50. (On one side, Disk 50 contains the recorded exercises for Unit 50 and, on the other side, the Listening Comprehension section for each of five tests, after Units 38, 41, 44, 47, and 50.)

That’s all, folks!

* The tapes for Levels One and Two were available both in 5-inch reel (3 3/4 ips) and 7-inch reel (7 1/2 ips) sets. Tapes for Levels Three and Four were only available on 7-inch reels.
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A-LM® SP 1 C/L 5-Inch Reel No. 5
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A-LM® SP 1 C/L Tape (box + 5" reel)
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A-LM® SP 1 C/L Tape (5" reel box)
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A-LM® RU 2 Listening-Comprehension Test Tape
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A-LM® RU 1 C/L 12" Record Set + Reading-Writing-Spelling Manual
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Re: A-LM Series by Harcourt, Brace & World Center

Postby Dieter Schmidt » Mon Jan 18, 2021 2:22 am

HOW ABOUT AN A-LM® TRIVIA QUIZ?

The ad below announced the upcoming publication of the A-LM® Level Two programs in the fall of 1962.* However, not all textbooks and ancillaries were published by the dates promised in the ad!

So, how much do you know about the A-LM® programs? To find out, first read the ad below, then answer the questions with the appropriate letter—A, B, or C—in this special A-LM® Trivia Quiz! (Answers will be posted next week.)

A-LM® TRIVIA QUIZ

1. Which Level Two textbook bears a 1963 copyright?
A. German B. Italian C. Russian

2. Which Level Two textbook wasn’t available until the fall of 1965?
A. German B. Italian C. Russian

3. When were the Level Three programs actually first published?
A. 1963 B. 1964 C. 1965

4. In which year were the Level Four textbooks first available?
A. 1963 B. 1964 C. 1965

5. In Levels Two and Three, which component was copyrighted the same year as the corresponding textbook?
A. Practice Record Set B. Teacher’s Manual C. Testing Program

Bonus Question: Predating ZIP codes, what were the numbers following the regional Harcourt, Brace & World addresses called?
A. area codes B. city codes C. postal codes

* This ad appeared in the Mar. 1962 issue of Italia, a quarterly publication of the AATI (American Association of the Teachers of Italian). Founded in 1943, the AATI's stated mission is to “promote the study of Italian language, literature, and culture in schools of all levels in North America.”
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Postby Dieter Schmidt » Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:38 pm

A-LM® TRIVIA QUIZ (Please see ad in above post.)

1. Which Level Two textbook bears a 1963 copyright?
A. German B. Italian C. Russian
2. Which Level Two textbook wasn’t available until the fall of 1965?
A. German B. Italian C. Russian
3. When were the Level Three programs actually first published?
A. 1963 B. 1964 C. 1965
4. In which year were the Level Four textbooks first available?
A. 1963 B. 1964 C. 1965
5. In Levels Two and Three, which component was copyrighted the same year as the corresponding textbook?
A. Practice Record Set B. Teacher’s Manual C. Testing Program

Bonus: Predating ZIP codes, what were the numbers following the regional Harcourt, Brace & World addresses called?
A. area codes B. city codes C. postal codes


ANSWER KEY WITH COMMENTS

1. C. Russian All Level Two Russian materials were copyrighted in 1963.

2. B. Italian The Level Two Italian materials were first available in 1965, the same year the Level Four textbooks in French, German, and Russian were copyrighted. Since new material for Italian Level Two was copyrighted several units at a time, the complete copyright information reads: “Copyright © 1965, 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961 by Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc.” (Only the three overlap units from Level One—Units 12, 13, and 14—were actually copyrighted in 1961. The new Level Two was copyrighted 1962-1965.)

3. B. 1964 Portions of these textbooks were copyrighted in 1962 (two overlap units from Level Two) and also in 1963 (designated Level Three “Advance Copy—Preliminary Material” in packet format).

4. C. 1965 As in Level Three, earlier units were copyrighted in 1964 when they were first written.

5. A. Practice Record Set In both levels, the Teacher’s Manual and Testing Program were published a year after the textbook. The student Practice Record Set, though, was immediately available with the text.

Bonus: C. postal codes Established in 1943, postal codes were implemented to help new employees sort mail more efficiently and rapidly. (At that time, many older postal workers were serving the nation in World War II both at home and abroad.) The more precise ZIP code (Zone Improvement Plan) system replaced the postal codes on July 1, 1963.
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A-LM French: Level Four "Preliminary Copy, Units 37-41"
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A-LM Italian: Levels One & Two © 1961, 1965
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A-LM French: Levels Two, Three, Four © 1962-1966
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Postby Dieter Schmidt » Fri Jan 29, 2021 9:06 pm

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THE “PRONUNCIATION DRILLS” OF A-LM® LEVEL ONE

In the introduction to the “Pronunciation Drills” section of the A-LM® French: Level One Teacher’s Manual (p. 45), the authors state: “The teaching of correct pronunciation is one of the most difficult and important undertakings of the foreign language teacher. ... Student competence can only be attained by an alertness on the part of both teacher and students to the difficulties which will be encountered, and by constant listening and practice on the part of the students.” To this end, then, specifically prepared Pronunciation Drills were recorded on the first tape and disk of the Classroom/Laboratory Tape and Record Sets. The corresponding script appeared only in the Teacher’s Manual for each language, so the students never actually saw the printed material. Like the Basic Dialogs, the Pronunciation Drills were recorded in segments, using a progressive buildup listen-repeat format, as indicated by spaces and slashes in the teacher scripts.

Following is a brief description (with samples) of the drills from the French, German, Italian, and Spanish programs. So, go to your language(s) and give these sample drills a whirl!

A-LM® French • Units 1-14 + section A. B., etc., pp. 45-72 (28 pages) by Dan Desberg*
Sample: Unit 1, B. i, Smiling Position
Contrast English with French:
diphthong or glide —> key, sea, meat
steady —> qui, si, mite
Instructions for the class: Take the smiling position, hold it steady, then pronounce qui.
i qui Qui est-ce? / i il’ (l’ = released l) Il s’appelle Louis. / i merci Dites « Merci. » /
i ami C’est un ami. / i y Allons-y.
Dites / Dites « Michel’ » / Dites « Michel, allons-y. »
Oui / Oui, Louis / Oui, Louis est un ami / Oui, Louis est un ami, aussi.
Marie / Marie, dites / Marie, dites-lui / Marie, dites-lui « Merci ».
Il’ / Il s’appelle’ / Il s’appelle Louis / Il s’appelle Louis, aussi.

A-LM® German • Sections I. - XII., pp. 35-49 (14 pages) by Samuel Brown*
Sample: Section I. The offglide ( ʌ ) at the end of dir, mir
Instructions for the teacher: Proceed horizontally in each group below, gradually increasing the speed.
(di:) (di:)(a) (di:a) (dia) dir
(mi:) (mi:)(a) (mi:a) (mia) mir
(wi:) (wi:)(a) (wi:a) (wia) wir
* * *
ihr, vier, hier, Papier / er, der, wer, sehr / vor / Uhr
Er ist hier. / Es geht mir sehr gut. / Es ist vier Uhr. / Er gibt mir die Uhr. /
Wir haben hier Papier.
besser, Wetter, Schwester, Peter, Hunger, Dieter, Butter
Hast du Hunger? / Ich gebe meiner Schwester die Butter. / Essen Sie lieber besser! /
Peter und Dieter haben Hunger. / Wer hat Papier? / Ist Dieter hier? / Er gibt mir die Butter.

A-LM® Italian • Units 1-6, pp. 35-41 (7 pages) by Stephen Zappala*
Sample: Units 1 and 2, Italian Vowels
[ i ] È italiano. / È il mio amico italiano. / Giovanni è el mio amico italiano.
[ e ] Interessante! / Che lezione interessante! / Che lezione interessante e importante!
[ ɛ ] Senti. / Senti bene. / Senti sempre bene.
[ a ] Si chiama Giovanna. / La sorella si chiama Giovanna. / La sorella di Maria si chiama Giovanna.
[ ɔ ] Ti do otto fogli. / Oggi ti do otto fogli. / D’accordo. Oggi ti do otto fogli.
[ o ] Dove andiamo? / Dove andiamo adesso? / Signorina, dove andiamo adesso?
[ u ] Studiamo laggiù. / Bruno ed io studiamo laggiù. / Lucia, Bruno ed io studiamo laggiù.

A-LM® Spanish • Units 1-13, pp. 35-52 (18 pages) by Jack Ulsh*
Sample: Unit 3, Spanish Single Vowel in Syllables Under Strong Stress
( e ) be, se, te, de, que, me, le
¿Qué? / ¿Qué se ve? / ¿Qué se ve enfrente?
Pepe. / Pepe, te presento. / Pepe, te presento a Tere.
( o ) bo, so, to, do, co, mo, lo
Yo como. / Yo como poco. / Yo como poco con otros.
Yo lo como. / Yo lo como solo. / Yo lo como sólo con arroz.
Sample: Unit 4, Spanish Stops ( b ) and ( p )
( b ) ... ( p ) / van ... pan / vago ... Paco / vero ... pero / basa ... pasa / vara ... para
Paco le presenta Pepe a Pilar. / Pásame el pan, por favor. / Vamos. Yo prefiero el pan. / Voy con Paco.

Subjective analysis: While all the Pronunciation Drills serve the general purpose of focusing on and practicing the most difficult sounds of the target language, some are more effective than others. Given the challenges of the French sound system for English speakers, it’s not surprising that the French drills are by far the most comprehensive and, quite frankly, well-written. GRADE: A The German and Spanish are roughly equivalent, both in terms of section length and overall quality. GRADE: B/B- The Italian section, however, seems the least thorough and developed, as reflected by the total length of only seven pages. Given the commonly accepted notion that the Italian and Spanish sound systems overlap significantly and that both present a similar level of difficulty for native speakers of English, it would seem that the Italian drills should have been more on par with their Spanish counterparts. GRADE: C-

Question: As witnessed by other “underdevelopments” in the A-LM® Italian program, could it be that the commitment and/or financial resources were lacking on the part of the publisher?

If any readers would like to see material on a particular French, German, Italian, or Spanish phoneme as it is presented in the A-LM® Pronunciation Drills, please comment and I will reply!

* Consulting Linguist—Foreign Service Institute (FSI), Department of State
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Re: A-LM Series by Harcourt, Brace & World Center

Postby Dieter Schmidt » Fri Feb 05, 2021 9:11 pm

AN OVERVIEW OF THE A-LM® (FIRST EDITION) TESTING PROGRAM


Components of the Testing Program © 1961-1966

Teacher’s Manuals • Unit Tests with Answer Keys and script of the Listening Comprehension sections.

Listening-Comprehension Testing Tapes • A set of four 7-inch reels (7½ ips) for Levels One and Two; a set of three reels for Level Three; one tape reel or one side of last disk included in the Classroom/Laboratory Tape and Record Sets for Level Four.

Student Test Answer Forms • Booklets for Levels One, Two, and Three with perforated pages containing response forms for the Listening Comprehension, Reading, and Writing sections of the unit tests.



Testing Program contents for A-LM® French: Levels One-Four

Level One • Test after Units 2, 4, 6 (Listening Comprehension); 7, 8, 9 (Listening Comprehension, Reading); 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 (Listening Comprehension, Reading, Writing)
Outline and Samples from Test after Unit 12 (25 points total)
Listening Comprehension—Part I (Completion) (5 points)
1. Pour prendre des billets de train, on va ______.
A. en retard B. à la gare C. à la table D. en Italie
Listening Comprehension—Part II (Rejoinder) (5 points)
7. Est-ce que la politique vous intéresse ?
A. Pas tout de suite. B. Pas du tout. C. Pas tout droit. D. Pas mal de gens.
Reading—Part I (Completion) (4 points)
3. Les garçons ______ acheter un scooter.
A. vont B. sont C. ont D. font
Reading—Part II (Rejoinder) (6 points)
9. Il y a un accident là-bas !
A. Qu’est-ce qui est arrivé ? B. Qui est arrivé ? C. Quand est-elle arrivée ?
D. Quand va-t-il arriver ?
Writing (Paired Sentences) (5 points)
5. Je joue aux cartes. Il descend de la voiture.
J’ai joué aux cartes. _____________________

Level Two • Test after Units 15-22 (Listening Comprehension, Reading, Writing)
Outline and Samples from Test after Unit 18 (25 points total)
Listening Comprehension—Part I (Completion) (6 points)
4. Il faut emporter du sel ______.
A. pour le bateau B. pour les œufs durs C. pour les boîtes en fer
Listening Comprehension—Part II (Listening Selection + Comprehension Questions) (3 points)
8. Les parents d’Yves lui défendent de ______.
A. leur téléphoner B. prendre l’autocar C. faire de l’auto-stop
Reading Comprehension (Two Reading Selections + Comprehension Questions) (8 points)
4. Les fromages sont conservés dans des ______.
A. trains B. bateaux C. caves D. avions
Writing—Part I (Completion with the correct present tense forms of connaître or savoir) (2 points)
2. Les jeunes gens ____________________ que l’exploration prendra au moins trois heures.
3. Janine ne ____________________ pas les parents de Françoise.
Writing—Part II (Sentence rewrite, replacing underlined words with en or a pronoun and making all necessary changes) (2 points)
1. Montrez-leur les dessins.
Writing—Part III (Sentence rewrite using new elements, but same structure) (4 points)
2. Ils attendent à la sortie.
nous / s’ennuyer / musée

Level Three • Test after Units 23-33 (Listening Comprehension, Reading, Writing)
The format is the same as Level Two with the addition of a final Writing section in which students write a guided paragraph. A variety of prompts is used: questions to be answered, first (and/or last sentence) provided, vocabulary to be included, dialog to narrative transformation, topic situation/directions in English, etc.

Level Four • Test after Units 36, 39, 42, 45, and 48 (Listening Comprehension, Reading, Writing)
Outline and Samples from Test after Unit 45 (25 points total)
Listening Comprehension (5 points)
Students listen to/read a series of five questions, listen to a selection once, and write answers to the five questions.
3. Comment les petits propriétaires aident-ils à rendre la situation encore pire?
Reading Comprehension—Part I (5 points)
Students read a selection, then answer five questions according to the information in the selection.
5. Pourquoi le bouc n’a-t-il pas réussi à éviter la pierre ?
Reading Comprehension—Part II (Completion based on “Idioms” sections of units) (5 points)
1. Si tout le monde met la main à la pâte, ______.
A. je ne la mangerai pas B. la chienne va mordre C. nous pourrons finir en une heure
D. les baguettes seront trop longues
Writing (free composition, based on textbook reading selections) (10 points)
Directions: Students write 150-200 words on one of the following subjects. The teacher will choose the subject.
1. Quelles objections l’attitude de Sylvain envers la société pourrait-elle soulever ?
2. Décrivez les événements qui amènent la mort de Sylvain.

FIN DES EXAMENS ! :)
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A-LM® French Teacher's Manuals with Tests
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A-LM® Russian: Level Two Listening-Comprehension Testing Tape
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A-LM® Student Test Answer Forms
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