ERIC Number: ED269993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Handbook for Planning an Effective Foreign Language Program.
California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
This guide to designing an effective second language instructional program in the public schools provides parents, community leaders, and school personnel with practical guidelines for reviewing current foreign language instructional programs and for introducing changes in the curriculum that are in line with the emphasis on communication. An introductory section discusses the main goals and features of an effective foreign language program, student expectations, and the principles of planning for excellence. A section on foreign language learning examines aspects of communication (receptive and productive skills, proficiency, cultural awareness, and global perspectives), proposes an effective instructional sequence, and addresses the role of homework. A section on implementing a foreign language program addresses such issues as presenting an overview, reviewing program philosophy, choosing objectives, selecting languages and materials, establishing short-term instructional objectives, and implementing a new or revised program plan. A fourth section discusses provisions for effective staff development of both individuals and groups, and a final section presents the program evaluation checklist and notes on its use. (MSE)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Communication Skills, Cultural Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Homework, Language Skills, Media Selection, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Second Language Programs, Staff Development
Publication Sales, California State Department of Education, P.O. Box 271, Sacramento, CA 95802-0271 ($3.50 per copy).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Parents; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.