ERIC Number: ED213246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Award-Winning Foreign Language Programs: Prescriptions for Success.
Sims, William D.; Hammond, Sandra B.
The study reviews 50 foreign language programs in the United States that are said to be both inspirational and useful for providing concrete information about the creation and preservation of successful language programs. The programs cited are exemplary and can serve as models for educators and administrators to study and visit. Program selection was based on the results of questionnaires and on-site visits. The following variables were among those used as guides to successful programs: overall enrollment in terms of the state average, rate of sequence completion (i.e., degree of attrition), scope of the program, and degree of proficiency as indicated by examination results. Each program profile presents background information and discussion and analysis of the features that make the program successful. The most outstanding general characteristics of success observed were: (1) articulated curriculum, (2) co- and extracurricular activities that integrate language study with school life, (3) high incidence of target language usage, (4) good administrative support, (5) effective use of community resources, (6) study and travel abroad options and exchange programs, (7) a strong public relations effect, and (8) a resolve to connect language study with the practical and concrete. (JK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Postsecondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of International Education.
Authoring Institution: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.