ERIC Number: ED094550
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Foreign Language Nonparticipant Survey: Questionnaire and Summary.
Edmonds School District 15, Lynnwood, WA.
A foreign language survey was undertaken in the Edmonds School District because the number of students studying foreign languages had decreased between the years 1957-58 and 1972. The survey was designed for students not enrolled in foreign language courses, and was intended to acquire several types of information: (1) information concerning recent programs from former foreign language students; (2) the student's reasons for not continuing foreign language study; (3) suggestions for changes that would make foreign language courses more attractive; and (4) overall attitudes toward foreign language learning. Some of the observations and tentative conclusions were: (1) district foreign language programs have far greater difficulty in holding students than attracting them; (2) the foreign language program is falling far short of meeting the expectations of entering students; (3) "lack of practical value" and "course is hard" are primary considerations in the minds of students avoiding foreign language; and (4) many students feel that foreign language study is not worth their time. As for recommended changes, the primary requests were for self-paced work and pass/fail grading. In addition to the questionnaire and student comments, tables with statistical data on foreign language enrollments and summaries of student responses are provided. (LG)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Edmonds School District 15, Lynnwood, WA.
Identifiers - Location: Washington