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ERIC Number: ED080009
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 12
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Attrition in Foreign Language Instruction.
Dernorsek, Cheryl
This discussion of attrition in foreign language instruction in high schools focuses on two questions: How many students drop out? and Why do they drop out? In the first part, the 1970 figures for enrollments in foreign languages in public secondary schools are examined. The overall decline of -1.5% reflects a decrease in Course I enrollments but an increase in enrollments for Courses II-VI; this is interpreted in light of changing requirements. In the second part, the author provides an explanation of the dropout rate based on recent attrition studies. These point to several causes of foreign language attrition: (1) loss of interest, (2) requirements completed, (3) poor grades, (4) next level too hard, (5) scheduling difficulties, and (6) boring, irrelevant classes. (Author/RL)
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