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ERIC Number: ED337010
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Florida: State of the Foreign Language Arts.
Valdes, Gabriel M.
In Florida, foreign language teaching has consistently followed national trends. Currently, there is a renaissance in language study. Enrollment has increased dramatically at all educational levels, due to a mandated state university system entrance requirement and two programs, the Florida Academic Scholars Program and Foreign Languages in the Elementary Schools (FLES). The first of these programs recognizes and rewards outstanding high school graduates completing a rigorous program including two years of foreign language study. As enrollment has increased, the language curriculum has become more consistent throughout the state, and school districts have adopted student performance standards for each secondary academic program. Increased enrollment has also led to a teacher shortage, in response to which the legislature has established various programs, including the Critical Teacher Shortage Program, a tuition reimbursement program, repayment of educational loans for eligible teachers, a scholarship loan program for prospective teachers currently in college, and a master's degree fellowship loan program. Alternative certification, visiting scholars, rehiring of retired teachers as substitutes, and expansion of the state career information system also help provide teachers. Establishment of a state international education office and a statewide educational assessment project enhance program evaluation and design. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Florida
Note: In: Planning for Proficiency. Dimension: Language '86. Report of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching, p29-39, 1987; see FL 019 583.