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ERIC Number: ED101592
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Apr-7
Pages: 54
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Reference Count: 0
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Career Spanish: Another Innovative Addition to Mesa College's Instructional Programs.
Pilkenton, W. David
The data presented in this paper indicates that the present Spanish language program at Mesa College serves only one quarter of the student body and probably even a smaller fraction of the community. This situation exists because the recommended curriculums for 52 of Mesa College's 66 lower-division majors, largely nongeneral liberal arts and one- and two-year terminal education majors, do not make available a sufficient number of elective hours for students to take the standard 15-hour beginning comprehensive (all four skills) Spanish course. Evidence is presented to show that there is a need for foreign language skills among the three quarters of the student body now being neglected. Interviews with instructors, department heads, and division chairmen suggest that the interests of one-fifth of these students can be served best by a foreign language other than Spanish. The needs of approximately one-third, however, can be served best by a new, innovative, three-hour, one- to three-quarter, limited-objective (understanding and speaking skills only), career-oriented Spanish program. It is estimated that within a few years following adoption of such a program, foreign language enrollment should be at least two to three times larger than it is at present. (Author/KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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