ERIC Number: ED291249
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
A National Profile of Foreign Language Instruction at the Elementary and Secondary School Levels. [Technical Report Series No. 6.]
Rhodes, Nancy C.; Oxford, Rebecca L.
Results of a national survey of elementary and secondary school foreign language enrollments and programs are reported. The survey sought information on the number of schools offering foreign language instruction, language course enrollment, languages taught, program types, levels offered and hours per week (for secondary schools only), class scheduling (for elementary schools only), funding sources (elementary), curriculum guidelines, teaching materials, student participation in language-related activities, course sequencing, teacher qualifications and inservice training, and major problem areas. Questionnaires were completed by principals and foreign language teachers at 1,416 elementary schools and 1,349 secondary schools (with a response rate of 52%). The report both summarizes and expands on the information gathered on these topics, provides graphs of the data obtained, and includes the survey forms. It was found that foreign language instruction is currently being offered in just over one-fifth of the elementary schools and 87 percent of the secondary schools responding to the survey. The percentage of private elementary schools teaching foreign languages (34 percent) was just double that of public elementary schools, while only slightly more private than public secondary schools reported teaching foreign languages (93% compared to 85%). (MSE)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Demography, Elementary Secondary Education, Extracurricular Activities, Financial Support, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Materials, Instructional Program Divisions, Language Enrollment, Language Teachers, National Surveys, Private Schools, Program Design, Public Schools, Questionnaires, Scheduling, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Qualifications
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Language Education and Research.