ERIC Number: ED260582
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Special Report on Foreign Languages. Illinois Secondary School Course Offerings, 1982.
Lett, John A., Jr.
Data from the Illinois Census of Secondary School Course Offerings for 1981-82 show that the traditional nature of foreign language study continues relatively unchanged. Students typically begin language study in high school and must take only two years of a language. While the availability of foreign languages in high schools was the same in 1981-82 as in 1976-77, it was significantly less in junior high schools. Although overall high school enrollment decreased, the proportion of enrollment in foreign languages increased. Among the most commonly taught languages in high school, Spanish and French made relative gains in enrollment proportions, German lost some, and Latin maintained the same relative enrollment. Italian was the most heavily enrolled of the less commonly taught languages, but only 3% of high schools offered it. Enrollment in English as a second language rose in both junior and senior high schools. German had the highest index of successive enrollments, followed by French, Spanish, and Latin. In general, successive year language enrollments were highest in suburban schools and lowest in rural schools. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield, Dept. of Planning, Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois