ERIC Number: ED158565
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
The Student View: Attitudes toward Foreign Language Learning. An Integrative Approach to Foreign Language Teaching: Choosing among the Options. ACTFL Foreign Language Education Series, Vol. 8.
Walker, John L.
Student self-determination and awareness has increased, and educators are more frequently listening to students and offering courses that students view as important to their specific plans and goals. Language study should be appealing enough so that the student will buy it and insist that it be made available, and language study must be something the student can market as skills. Student evaluation of courses and teachers can provide their feelings on foreign language study, observations about teachers, and reactions to materials and methods. Studies are cited concerning the validity and reliability of student ratings. A University of Texas survey of Spanish language students is one of the few published surveys concerning student opinion of what they would like to do in language study. Results of a survey of career perceptions of foreign language majors in four states and other career-oriented language programs are cited. Other studies indicate that students want more listening and speaking practice. Student needs and the suitability of self-paced instruction in the foreign language classroom are discussed, and innovative programs adopted by two Colorado University campuses are described. A program in Topeka allowing students to sample classes in five languages and public school programs using high school students as tutors for elementary school language programs are also cited. (SW)
Descriptors: Course Evaluation, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Language Attitudes, Language Instruction, Language Programs, Second Language Learning, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Student Interests, Student Needs, Student Role
Not Available Separately; See FL 009 582
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York, NY.