ERIC Number: ED234609
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes of Secondary School Counselors and Superintendents Toward Foreign Language Study: A Descriptive Study.
Beard, Joe L.
The attitudes of Illinois public secondary school counselors and superintendents toward the study of foreign languages were examined. A total of 119 superintendents and 125 counselors responded to a five-point Likert questionnaire to gather data on perceptions of foreign languages and cultures. Results showed that most counselors and administrators disagreed with the idea that every student should be required to take a foreign language, although they thought that they should be encouraged. Superior grades should not be a prerequisite for taking foreign languages. Nearly three-fourths believed that school counselors should play an important role in encouraging students to study a foreign language. A large majority agreed that knowledge of foreign languages is more useful than ever and that such knowledge enriches appreciation of one's own culture. The majority also agreed that cultural understanding was the major reason for taking a foreign language. The counselors indicated a significantly more favorable attitude toward foreign language study than did the superintendents. However, superintendents did believe that foreign language study is a key contributor to the attainment of high priority educational goals. (RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (St. Louis, MO, March 24-26, 1983).