ERIC Number: ED119770
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Feb-15
Reference Count: N/A
Foreign Language Program Evaluation.
Kirshner, Sheldon G.
In order to assess the foreign language programs currently offered by Oakton Community College (OCC), a three-part investigation was undertaken in 1974. First, to examine grade distribution and drop-out rate, the records of students enrolled in language courses were compared with the records of the total student body. During the spring, summer and fall sessions of 1973, there was a much greater percentage of A grades awarded in language courses than in all college courses. The drop-out rate was, however, approximately the same. Second, the scores of German and Spanish language students on nationally administered language competency examinations was compared to the national norm. In all cases, OCC class averages exceeded national averages; this success is attributed to programmed instruction and small class size. Third, to assess student interest in language courses, a questionnaire was administered to all classes taught by full-time foreign language faculty. The only language not currently offered for which there appeared to be considerable committed student interest was Italian. Students additionally indicated an interest in taking courses in Latin American culture, advanced Spanish conversation, and French conversation. (Author/NHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oakton Community Coll., Morton Grove, IL.