ERIC Number: ED159889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
A European Perspective: The Netherlands. Perspective: A New Freedom. ACTFL Review of Foreign Language Education, Vol. 7.
The concerns, problems, mood, and directions of foreign language education in Holland are described. One-year "bridge classes" were established by a bill in 1958 to span the gap between the six years of elementary school and the beginning of higher-level education. The basic conflicts within the system and the society that have prevented successful implementation of needed educational reforms are outlined. The need to affirm and respect the freedom of individual school boards in implementing their own programs and the necessity of reaching a standard of the final (graduation) examination has been a basic conflict. The isolation and difficulties of teachers and lack of training in implementing new teaching strategies to respond to the changes indicated by the legislation are discussed. Developments in foreign language instruction and an overview on research are presented. Topics that are discussed include inservice education, professional journals, testing, textbook selection, diversifying instruction, mastery learning, interdiscliplinary studies, and a program of Prostestant community schools involving bridge classes. (SW)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Language Instruction, Language Research, Language Tests, School Districts, Second Language Learning, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Transitional Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York, NY.