ERIC Number: ED269967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Second Language and International Studies: Policy Study and Recommendations.
Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.
This study of the importance of second language and international studies in Illinois in relation to the interests of the state covers the following topics: the importance of second language and international studies, characteristics of effective programs in second language and international studies, the status of those studies in Illinois, and implications of the study for State Board of Education policy. Information was drawn from the progress of a statewide five-year plan, a citizens' panel report, and syllabus and curriculum reports from Illinois schools. It was found that Illinois schools provide little opportunity for initiating study or encouraging continuation of a second language, and that a significant discrepancy exists between the need for second language proficiencies and the number of persons developing them. It is concluded that Illinois must take stronger action to provide language programs to develop usable proficiency from elementary through secondary grades, guarantee access to those programs for all students, increase second language enrollments, expand the range of languages offered, develop the international dimension of education, develop the existing skills and increase the supply of second language teachers, and improve the quality and effectiveness of instructional models and materials. Appended are a list of references and background papers, a copy of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages proficiency guidelines, remarks of Illinois Lieutenant Governor George Ryan from the Congressional Record, and the Illinois State Board of Education Policy Statement on Foreign Languages and International Studies. (MSE)
Descriptors: Area Studies, Curriculum Development, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Federal Legislation, International Studies, Language Enrollment, Language Teachers, Master Plans, Policy Formation, Program Effectiveness, Public Policy, Second Language Programs, State Departments of Education, State Legislation, Statewide Planning, Teaching Methods, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.