The FOCAL SKILLS Approach to Language Education

FOCAL SKILLS is a unique approach to language program design. It’s a set of well-researched ideas, principles, and techniques that you can use to revitalize your language program and energize your staff. 

FOCAL SKILLS provides a complete roadmap to implement a program based on natural approaches to language instruction. 

FOCAL SKILLS uses a simple, intuitive design in which skill-focused modules build on each other, enabling rapid language acquisition through massive amounts of comprehensible input using authentic materials.

FOCAL SKILLS was developed in the 1980s and has been adopted at a number of colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad.

FOCAL SKILLS includes program design principles and specific guidelines, recommendations for teaching methodologies and materials, and a placement test system.

For more information, contact ICFS at icfs@focalskills.info or any FOCAL SKILLS program.


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