ERIC Number: ED250909
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Status of Foreign Language Instruction in Kansas Schools, 1983-84. Report to the Kansas State Board of Education.
Collins, Maria C.
A survey was conducted by the Kansas State Department of Education to ascertain the present status of foreign language instruction in the secondary schools and to learn the opinions of district and building administrators and of teachers regarding future program direction and areas in which assistance may be needed for better program implementation. Three different, overlapping questionnaires were distributed to 305 superintendents; 300 junior, middle, and senior high school principals of schools offering foreign language programs; and 505 secondary foreign language teachers. Elementary teachers were surveyed only in cases where they taught 7th or 8th grade foreign language courses in the elementary school building. The questions concerned respondents' expectation of future demand for foreign language instruction in the district, anticipated need for additional teachers if foreign languages became a graduation requirement, preferred grade level to begin instruction, reasons for not currently offering foreign languages, program objectives and their sources, courses currently taught, languages in which teachers are certified, languages that teachers are qualified but not certified to teach, enrollments, teacher professional development activities, teacher foreign travel, needed publications, teacher willingness to participate in program development, and additional comments. Responses are tabulated and comments are included in the report. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Dept. of Education, Topeka.