ERIC Number: ED283360
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Second Language Study and Basic Skills in Louisiana.
Rafferty, Eileen A.
A statewide study in Louisiana revealed that third, fourth, and fifth graders who participated in 30-minute elementary school foreign language programs in the public schools showed significantly higher scores on the 1985 Basic Skills Language Arts Test than did a similar group that did not study a foreign language. Further, by fifth grade, the math scores of language students were also higher than those of students not studying a foreign language. Both groups were matched for race, sex, and grade level, and the academic levels of students in both groups were estimated by their previous Basic Skills Test results and statistically equated. The 13,200 students studied were randomly chosen from those who had not been exposed to a foreign language at home, were fluent in English, had not repeated a grade in 1985, and whose 1984 and 1985 test scores were available. The results of the analysis suggest that foreign language study in the lower grades helps students acquire English language arts skills and, by extension, math skills. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Basic Skills, Comparative Analysis, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, FLES, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Instructional Effectiveness, Language Arts, Language Enrichment, Mathematics Skills, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages, State Surveys, Transfer of Training
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Dept. of Education, Baton Rouge. Office of Research and Development.
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana