ERIC Number: ED226588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Evaluation of Foreign Language Program in Urban Community.
Lee, Kenneth B.
The evaluation of urban foreign language programs by the teacher, supervisor, and school district, county, or other agency is discussed. Evaluation of the program by the teacher is largely a self-evaluation process to reexamine the course objectives and student achievement based on specific criteria. Criteria may include teacher-produced tests, standard language proficiency tests, and student questionnaire responses. The supervisor's evaluation may be based on observation of instruction, as well as periodic self-evaluation (i.e., whether sufficient guidelines and materials were provided to the teachers). The school district or county education office may form an audit team with several professional members in the field of foreign language teaching. Areas to be covered by the audit team would include policy, regulations, directives, scheduling, cost-effectiveness, student attrition, and teacher-student ratio. The quality of textbooks, instructional aids, standard tests, and classroom instruction would also be investigated. All evaluators may employ the following methods and instruments: opinion surveys, interviews, direct observations, review of records, discussion and analysis, and summarization/findings/recommendations. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Course Objectives, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Language Teachers, Language Tests, Outcomes of Education, Program Evaluation, School Districts, Second Language Programs, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Evaluation, Teacher Supervision, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (New York, NY, November 1982).