ERIC Number: ED179116
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Report of the Illinois Task Force on Foreign Language and International Studies.
Bulletin of the Illinois Foreign Language Teachers Association, v11 n2 p9-42 Nov 1979
A task force was created in November of 1978 to assess the state of foreign language and international studies in Illinois public schools. This report begins with an overview of the current decline in foreign language enrollments and offerings. The need to foster foreign language study is discussed, both for its special place in intellectual development and to meet the ever-growing need for international communication in all fields of endeavor. The second part of the report outlines a comprehensive state-wide foreign language and international studies program. Basic premises of such a program assume that each student should have the opportunity to learn a foreign language, and that successful foreign language learning requires high standards from specific curricula. To meet learning objectives, a comprehensive program design provides for various approaches to foreign language instruction, including immersion and bilingual programs, at the preschool, elementary, secondary, and continuing education levels. Finally, general recommendations and specific action steps are set forth which cover state and regional advisory structure, visibility and awareness activities, curriculum and resource development, state office leadership, and student-focused activities. (JB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Committees, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, International Studies, Language Instruction, Language Programs, Needs Assessment, Preschool Education, Program Design, Program Development, Second Language Learning, State Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.; Illinois Task Force on Foreign Language and International Studies.