ERIC Number: ED254101
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
The Foreign Language Articulation Task Force Survey: A Report.
OMLTA Journal, p1-8 1984
A March 1980 statewide survey of the membership of the Ohio Modern Language Teachers Association asked their opinion of the importance and achievability of specific language competencies being considered for statewide application in high school college preparatory programs. The findings from 241 secondary and college-level teacher responses showed substantial support for the competency criteria, with most indicating that they thought the criteria designated for two years of study were important for all students and those designated for three or more years of study were important for college-bound students. There was somewhat less agreement about the achievability of competencies, although responses reflected the belief that the higher the order of skill, the more capable the student had to be to achieve it. Only one skill, oral discussion of the main features of literature, was felt by more than 10% to be inappropriate, and three others were felt to be unachievable as described by a similar percentage. The greatest divergence in opinion was found in the ways in which the foreign language program should encourage acquaintance with the target language's culture. While there was broad general agreement on the importance of study abroad, participation in foreign exchange programs and local ethnic activities, and attendance or sponsorship of language fairs, a significant percentage of respondents either did not respond to these items or felt they were not applicable or were unachievable as described. It is felt that while the survey is an important step in high school-college articulation efforts for foreign language instruction, its results must be interpreted so as to allow flexibility in local program planning and implementation. (MSE)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, Articulation (Education), College Admission, College Preparation, College School Cooperation, Higher Education, Language Proficiency, Language Skills, Language Teachers, Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Snyder, Barbara, Ed. Look Out World, Here We Come! See FL 014 904.