ERIC Number: ED195160
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Special Report on Foreign Languages.
Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.
This statistical and descriptive report of foreign language (FL) study in Illinois public schools shows considerable continuity in the scope, content, and enrollment patterns of FL programs with respect to earlier surveys. While nearly all high schools offer FL courses, enrollments tend to be higher in suburban schools and in schools with high populations. FL courses are overwhelmingly elective in nature and rank seventh among elective fields in terms of attracting enrollment. Most FL courses are one year in length and most students tend to remain enrolled for only two years. Only 44% of junior high schools offer FL courses. Spanish has the highest first year enrollments but its successive year enrollments are the lowest of the four commonly taught languages. Preference for succeeding year courses was highest for German followed by French, Latin and Spanish. Female FL enrollment was 47% greater than male enrollment, and females tended to continue foreign language study longer than males. In the context of recent developments in the field of FL education, the data seem to encourage an optimistic outlook for long-range planning. (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.