ERIC Number: ED255039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Launching Foreign Language Programs in Elementary Schools: Highpoints, Headaches and How To's.
The Language School in Seattle has conducted extracurricular foreign language classes in 31 local elementary schools for several years. Each school has a parent coordinator, the courses are tuition-supported, and the objectives are to establish language learning interest and cultural awareness using the Total Physical Response method. A dramatic jump in enrollment marked the third year of the program, with some leveling off later for financial and administrative reasons and because some PTA's decided to offer their own programs. Several problem areas persisted in the program, including: (1) unrealistic parent expectations; (2) student discipline problems and the need for consistent policy; (3) the need for consistent and committed teachers; (4) the need for good communication and constant contact between the organizers, parents, parent coordinators, host schools, and teaching staff; (5) inadequate marketing to maintain high interest levels; (6) the need for host school support; and (7) inadequate facilities. Four elements needed for program success include realistic expectations clearly communicated to all concerned parties, dynamic and committed teachers, a committed core group of parents willing to take on administrative responsibilities, and constant contact and communication among all participants about all aspects of the program. (MSE)
Descriptors: Coordination, Educational Facilities, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Extracurricular Activities, FLES, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Institutional Cooperation, Nonprofit Organizations, Parent Participation, Program Administration, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, Second Language Programs, Student Characteristics, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Parents; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Total Physical Response; Washington (Seattle)
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Second/Foreign Language Acquisition by Children (Oklahoma City, OK, March 28-29, 1985).