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ERIC Number: ED239516
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Foreign Lanuages in the Schools.
Focus, n12 1983
The current situation of foreign language education at all educational levels in the United States, is examined with emphasis on new developments in instruction, testing, and program design. In a section titled "The Foreign Language Crisis," the combination of declining foreign language enrollment and increasing need for language skills in international business and relations is examined. A section entitled "Foreign Language Studies--A Short History" outlines the development of foreign languages as a field of study and the increasing interest in teaching and testing methods in the academic and military sectors. "The New Methodologies" briefly outlines such techniques as the direct method, confluent approach, suggestopedia, and total physical response. A section on "Testing for Oral Proficiency" describes recent efforts to refine testing methods, particularly by drawing on the Foreign Service Institute's Oral Proficiency Interview and providing teachers with professional development opportunities in this area. Two outstanding high school foreign language programs are noted in "Blue Ribbon Language Programs," and four cities are highlighted in "Immersion Programs." In "In the Colleges," the crucial college language programs are criticized for lack of leadership in promoting foreign language study. A section entitled "Oral Proficiency Testing in the Peace Corps" describes the Educational Testing Service's initial involvement in oral proficiency testing and its results. Rider College's annual forensic contest for high school language students is outlined in"Colleges Sponsor Foreign Languages Competitions." (MSE)
Descriptors: Competition, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Immersion Programs, Instructional Improvement, International Programs, Interviews, Language Tests, Oral Language, Program Descriptions, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs, Teaching Methods, Technical Assistance
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
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Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.