ERIC Number: ED159924
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Survey of Successful Undergraduate Foreign Language Programs in U.S. Institutions of Higher Education. Final Narrative Report.
Schulz, Renate A.
This study was conducted to identify successful foreign language programs in undergraduate institutions of higher learning and to examine those factors which were felt to have contributed to their success. The study attempted to find patterns and approaches to foreign language instruction which might be generalized, reproduced, or adapted by other institutions to generate student interest and improve teaching and learning. Rationale and procedures of the study are outlined, and then the analyses of four-year and two-year institutions' language programs are discussed in terms of: (1) findings of the questionnaire study (including analysis of responding sample, enrollment summaries, staffing, the foreign language requirement); (2) major problems (including change in degree requirements and change in student attitude and ability in four-year institutions; restricted offerings and curriculum emphasis on "practical" education in two-year institutions); and (3) factors influencing enrollment growth (including instructional quality and career related courses). A description of selected programs in four-year institutions is also included. Recognizing the problem area is relatively easy while solutions to problems must be found with the combined efforts of each individual department, and each local, state, regional, and national organization concerned with foreign language instruction. (NCR)
Descriptors: College Language Programs, Educational Demand, Educational Policy, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Trends, Higher Education, Language Attitudes, Language Enrollment, Language Instruction, Modern Language Curriculum, Program Administration, Program Descriptions, Second Language Learning, Student Attitudes, Success, Surveys, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
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