ERIC Number: ED234630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Meeting the Foreign Language Crisis in the U.S.: Guidelines for Action.
McKim, Lester W.
The status of foreign language instruction is reviewed and guidelines are offered for taking action at all educational levels to improve foreign language instruction nationwide. Foreign language instruction has declined since the 1950's when the federal government first committed funds to improve programs and train teachers. National needs, proposed legislation, and the role of foreign languages in universities, high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools are summarized. It is recommended that: (1) funds be committed at the federal level, (2) high school and college accreditation standards require the inclusion of foreign language instruction, (3) teacher certification requirements include foreign language proficiency, (4) college entry and graduation requirements include foreign language proficiency, (5) public schools provide foreign language instruction from middle school through high school, (6) language curricula include cultural knowledge and skills, (7) high schools provide instruction in less commonly taught languages such as Japanese and Russian, and (8) programs be designed to introduce elementary school children to foreign languages. (RW)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, FLES, Higher Education, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs
National Center for Bilingual Research, 4665 Lampson Ave., Los Alamitos, CA 90720.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Bilingual Research, Los Alamitos, CA.