ERIC Number: ED243330
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Louisiana's Alternative High School for Foreign Languages and International Studies.
Miller, William; And Others
An alternative high school for foreign languages and international studies established in 1982-83 by the Louisiana Department of Education in cooperation with two New Orleans area school districts is described. The school was established to provide an intensive foreign language study course and an international perspective on contemporary society and problems. A regional vocational-technical school was the site selected, and the first students arrived within 90 days of initial contacts with the school districts. Four full-time teachers staffed the school. Two master teachers were certified in both foreign languages (French and Spanish) and social studies. The initial enrollment was 29 students, and the first year's curriculum focused on foreign language instruction, a state-required free enterprise course, economics, and world history, all emphasizing a global perspective. Numerous administrative, logistical, and fiscal problems were encountered, and support came from a variety of sources, including the French government. An evaluation by the students, faculty, and state supervisory personnel supported the concept, the foreign language training needed for the Louisiana international business community, and program quality. The greatest problem was limited and unstable funding. Three new satellite schools were established around the state in the following year, and are experiencing similar problems. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the National Council for Social Studies and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (San Francisco, CA, November 24-25, 1983).