ERIC Number: ED240868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-3
Reference Count: 0
A Flexible Foreign Language Curriculum for Departmental Growth and Program Excellence: A Report from an Exemplary Program.
The Northeast Campus of Tarrant County Junior College (TX) experienced a foreign language enrollment increase of 196% between 1973 and 1983, compared to a collegewide enrollment increase of only 91%. The program's success is due largely to the number and variety of curricular offerings. In addition to a 6-course sequence of 3- and 4-hour courses in French, Spanish, and German, a variety of 1-hour courses at 5 levels of difficulty have been introduced to meet students' curricular needs and preferences. These include such courses as "Paris for Travelers,""History of Nazi Germany,""Spain after Franco,""French Cooking,""Personal Correspondence in French,""German for Travelers,""Barrio Spanish," literature courses, grammar, listening and reading comprehension, composition, and linguistics. Some have traditional scheduled meetings, and others are supervised by a tutor in the language laboratory. Prerequisites vary from none to a bachelors degree. Students may select any number and combination of the courses as elective hours to supplement language study, gaining more control over their programs, correcting weaknesses, and adding emphasis in areas of special interest. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, Curriculum Development, Educational Quality, Elective Courses, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Trends, French, German, Higher Education, Language Enrollment, Prerequisites, Program Descriptions, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, Spanish, Student Interests, Tutoring, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Tarrant County Junior College TX
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Colorado Springs, CO, March 3, 1984).