ERIC Number: ED238287
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Louisiana's French Language Instruction: Appraisal and Recommendations. A Report to the Governor and the Louisiana Legislature from the Commission on French as a Second Language.
Louisiana Commission on French as a Second Language, Baton Rouge.
In response to the report of the President's Commission on Foreign Language and International Studies and by appointment of the legislature, a commission studied the status of French language instruction in Louisiana. They found both significant deficiencies in foreign language competencies and substantial opportunities to build on existing French language skills and cultural heritage. The report has four sections. The first examines America's foreign language imperative, looking at both Louisiana's emphasis and the national situation. The second section outlines the establishment, objectives, activities, observations, and deficiencies of the state's Commission on French as a Second Language. The third section focuses on the roles of potential change agents: the Board of Regents, the three management boards for higher education institutions, the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, local school boards, the state educational agencies for all educational levels, the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, and Louisiana citizens. The final section discusses further areas of action and recommends development of a unique form of bilingual education with broad private sector participation. Appendices include notes on the commission's mandate, lists of task force and commission members, a calendar of commission hearings, and the texts of relevant Louisiana legislation. (MSE)
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Cultural Education, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, French, Governing Boards, Higher Education, School Districts, Second Language Instruction, State Boards of Education, State Departments of Education, State Surveys, Statewide Planning
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisiana Commission on French as a Second Language, Baton Rouge.