ERIC Number: ED233566
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Foreign Language Learning in Alaska: Data, Analyses and Recommendations for the Eighties.
Korvola, Leslye A.
A survey was conducted to assess foreign language programs in Alaska. Questionnaires were completed by 39 of the 52 public school districts in Alaska, as well as by individual schools and postsecondary institutions within the larger districts and numerous private and denominational schools. Data were collected on the distribution of foreign language instruction, instructional methodology and materials, teacher training, professional isolation problems, and student expectations. Visits and on-site interviews were conducted in eight communities. The major strength of foreign language instruction in Alaska is its well trained teachers, and the major weaknesses are teacher isolation, lack of materials, and lack of commitment at the district and school level. Recommendations are made regarding statewide planning, increasing public awareness of foreign language instruction and its benefits, development of professional standards for language teachers, the role of the State Department of Education, and school district cooperation. The survey questionnaire and summary data tables are appended. (RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska Foreign Language Association, Fairbanks.