ERIC Number: ED205052
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Foreign Language Instruction in Washington (State): A Report on a Survey of Foreign Language Teachers Conducted by a Committee of the Washington Association of Foreign Language Teachers, Fall 1980.
McKim, Lester W., Comp.
The report grows out of increasing concern for improving foreign language and international studies in United States schools. To gain an understanding of the state of foreign language instruction in Washington, a committee was organized to develop and process a survey of foreign language teachers in the state. The survey requests information about the languages and levels of language taught with questions concerning (1) enrollment figures; (2) texts; (3) teaching techniques; (4) programs of study; (5) interdepartmental programs; (6) educational, parental, and community support; and (7) services and materials needed for increased effectiveness. The discussion of results is divided into the areas of (1) foreign language teachers and their assignments, (2) schools and their foreign language offerings, (3) general comments and ratings by respondents, and (4) foreign language textbooks used in secondary schools. The discussions are supported with individual tables reflecting the teachers' realizations of their precarious position in a system that protects required courses but leaves electives in strong need of support. Teachers express a variety of program needs, including increased funding, better materials, smaller classes, and more concerned and experienced program heads. (JK)
Descriptors: Community Support, Department Heads, Elective Courses, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Trends, Financial Support, Instructional Materials, International Studies, Language Teachers, Parent Participation, Postsecondary Education, Private Education, Program Improvement, Public Education, Public Support, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Textbooks
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Association of Foreign Language Teachers, Pullman.