ERIC Number: ED336996
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Curriculum Framework for Foreign Language Education in the State of Florida.
Valdes, Gabriel M.
Florida is experiencing a renaissance in foreign language study through more substantial curriculum and admission and graduation requirements in secondary and higher education. The increase has resulted in a critical shortage of foreign language teachers, to which the state has responded with a program of incentives, financial aid, and rigorous summer training institutes. At the same time, because of centralized program coordination, the foreign language curriculum has become more consistent throughout the state. The legislature has created principles to guide the development, maintenance, and review of curriculum frameworks and student performance standards. The curriculum frameworks must be based on current research, recognized education concepts, and statutory and regulatory requirements. Each framework consists of major concepts and four subsections: content, laboratory activities, special notes, and intended outcomes. Performance standards are broad statements of competencies, to be developed further in the school district. Development and approval of the frameworks required two years and the work of four regional committees. The process ensured broad input into curriculum development, and annual revision allows for changes as needed. Further teacher training is now needed. Curriculum framework and student performance standards forms are appended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Class Activities, Course Content, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Guides, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Trends, Language Proficiency, Program Development, Records (Forms), Second Language Instruction, State Legislation, Statewide Planning
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: "Perspectives on Proficiency: Curriculum & Instruction. Dimension: Language '84-'85." (see FL 019 565). p89-100.