ERIC Number: ED254079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
The States Respond: Recent State Initiatives in Foreign Language Education.
Johnstone, Tamara S.
An informal national survey of new efforts in foreign language education undertaken by the Joint National Committee for Languages revealed that 12 states had made significant progress, another 13 states showed positive movement, and 12 had concluded studies, reports, and/or recommendations that may yield some results. Six had studies in progress, and eight more had legislation currently under consideration. In eight states, no progress was evident. Among the outstanding efforts were passage of laws establishing rewards for outstanding students, state university entry requirements in a foreign language, school district-adopted performance standards, required elementary school foreign language programs, and new and more stringent teacher certification regulations. Strong foreign language recommendations were found in several of the task force reports. Overall, strong forward movement toward improved foreign language education was found, but a need for national leadership in this area was found as well. (MSE)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, Certification, College Admission, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduation Requirements, Language Teachers, National Surveys, Second Language Programs, State Departments of Education, State Legislation, State Standards, Statewide Planning, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Joint National Committee for Languages, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Chicago, IL, November, 16-18, 1984).