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ERIC Number: ED166945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 27
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Reference Count: 0
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Panhandle High School Students Attitudes Toward Foreign Language.
Stoker, W. M. Fred
Attitudes toward foreign language study of 200 high school students in the Panhandle (northwest) section of Texas were surveyed. In this rural and agricultural area, the percentage of Mexican Americans and Blacks is quite low. Forty-eight percent of the students believed foreign language study was more difficult than other areas, and 57 percent did not think a foreign language would help in their life work. A little more than half of the students thought a study of foreign language would help them understand English better. Students were questioned about who encouraged or discouraged them regarding foreign language study. The attitudes of 56 students who had studied foreign languages in high school are also presented. Over half of the group had studied Spanish; the rest studied Latin and French. Student participation in foreign language clubs and their evaluation of instruction was assessed. The study indicated that most of the high school students were not convinced that foreign language is important to their education, college programs, and life work; and few people, other than foreign language teachers, seem to be encouraging students to enroll in foreign language classes. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Texas