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ERIC Number: ED015691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 2
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Reference Count: 0
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AN EXPERIMENT IN STATEWIDE DEVELOPMENT, THE INDIANA LANGUAGE PROGRAM.
SMITH, GEORGE E.
WITH A 1962 GRANT FROM THE FORD FOUNDATION FOR THE FIRST FIVE YEARS OF A COORDINATED 10-YEAR PROJECT DESIGNED TO EXPAND AND IMPROVE FOREIGN LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION IN THE STATE, THE INDIANA LANGUAGE PROGRAM (ILP) PROPOSED, WITH THE COOPERATION OF OTHER STATE AGENCIES AND INSTITUTIONS, TO UPDATE PROGRAM METHODS AND OBJECTIVES IN THE HIGH SCHOOLS AND TO EXTEND THE STUDY SEQUENCE AT BOTH THE HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE LEVELS. THREE YEARS LATER, THE SITUATION HAD IMPROVED SO CONSPICUOUSLY THAT INDIANA ALREADY HAD A GROWING REPUTATION OF BEING PROGRESSIVE IN THE FIELD AND HAD BEGUN TO COMPARE FAVORABLY WITH NATIONAL NORMS IN ENROLLMENT PROGRESS. THE ILP PLANNED TO ACHIEVE ITS DUAL OBJECTIVES OF QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE IMPROVEMENT THROUGH A CHRONOLOGICALLY CONCEIVED SERIES OF ACTIVITIES. ONCE A GENERALLY FAVORABLE ENVIRONMENT IN THE STATE HAD BEEN CREATED IN WHICH ILP'S EXPANDED PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES COULD THRIVE, IT BEGAN TO TRAIN LOCAL LEADERSHIP TO TAKE OVER EVENTUALLY MOST OF THE MANY NEW PROJECTS. IN THE FUTURE IT WILL CONCENTRATE ON SOLVING SUCH PROBLEMS AS TEACHER TRAINING, FLES, THE LANGUAGE LABORATORY, PROGRAMED INSTRUCTION, AND ARTICULATION IN A PROGRAM EXPANDED TO INCLUDE ALL LEVELS OF INSTRUCTION OF A PROGRESSIVELY INCREASING NUMBER OF TARGET LANGUAGES. IF ALL GOES AS PLANNED THE ILP HOPES, BY 1972, TO PHASE OUT OF THE TOTAL PROGRAM IN FAVOR OF LOCAL LEADERSHIP. THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN "THE FLORIDA FL REPORTER," VOLUME 4, NUMBER 3, SPRING 1966, PAGES 7-8. (AB)
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Identifiers: FORD FOUNDATION; INDIANA; INDIANA LANGUAGE PROGRAM; INDIANA UNIVERSITY