ERIC Number: ED134039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Language Learning: An Open Door to the World.
Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Curriculum Services.
This position paper states that it is the responsibility of Pennsylvania's Department of Education to make foreign language (FL) study part of the core curriculum and to develop well-articulated programs that make mastery of a foreign language possible for every student, in order to prepare him to meet the challenge of today's complex society. In summarizing the value of FL study for today's student, the following recommendations are made: (1) FL study is best begun in elementary grades, via audiolingual methods; (2) English as a Second Language should be included in the curriculum for non-English-speaking children; (3) bilingual education should be included in the curriculum where one language or dialect group is sufficiently represented; and (4) non-Western as well as Western languages should be considered for inclusion. The second part of the paper presents a continuum and evaluative criteria intended to help school districts plan, implement, and evaluate their FL programs, from Kindergarten through Grade 12. (AM)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Career Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Evaluation Criteria, Humanistic Education, Language Instruction, Language Programs, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Guides, Second Language Learning, State Curriculum Guides, Uncommonly Taught Languages
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Curriculum Services.