ERIC Number: ED219928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
State Planning for Foreign Language and International Studies. The Illinois Model.
Griffith, Paul T.
Studies in Language Learning, v3 n2 p3-9, Fall 1981
In 1978 Illinois embarked on a comprehensive statewide program to improve and expand the teaching of foreign languages and international studies in the schools of the state. The state superintendent appointed a task force of 20 leaders representing all sectors of the civic and educational community. The task force's report, delivered in 1979, argues for access by all students to a well articulated and uninterrupted sequence of educational programs that foster global perspectives, an appreciation of different cultures, and the ability to communicate across cultural and linguistic boundaries. By September 1979, the plan proposed by the task force was put in motion. The plan includes five categories of activities: (1) formation of state and regional advisory councils; (2) curriculum and resource development; (3) specifications for State Board of Education leadership; (4) holding of awareness conferences to increase visibility and serve an advocacy role; and (5) language and cultural activities for students to be conducted jointly with professional organizations, institutions of higher education, and community groups. Three lessons learned from the project concern the high involvement of the state offices, the broad base of support, and discovery of many sources of funding. (AMH)
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Curriculum Development, International Studies, Modern Language Curriculum, Second Language Instruction, State Boards of Education
Not available separately; see FL 013 032.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Language Learning Lab.
Identifiers: Illinois; Presidents Comm Foreign Lang International Studies