ERIC Number: ED309819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep-14
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Foreign Languages at Tarrant County Junior College.
Even during the 1970's when diminished national interest in foreign language study was reflected in declining enrollments at most colleges, Tarrant County Junior College (TCJC) was able to maintain a vigorous language program by emphasizing oral communication and developing a flexible curriculum. Since 1975, the college has offered its preparatory Languages for Children program for children between the ages of 4 and 12. In addition, TCJC has extensive offerings in language and culture studies through the College for Kids program on the college campus and offers after-school classes in French, German, and Spanish in several local elementary schools. Since 1982, TCJC has also offered special courses and workshops for foreign language teachers from the public and private schools of Texas. The workshops, which focus on language development, instructional methodology, and materials design and development, have been attended by more than 400 teachers. By enhancing the teachers' language and instructional skills, the workshops seek to improve the teaching and learning environment in foreign languages throughout the state and attract more students to long-term language study. Appendixes list the grants received by TCJC's Department of Foreign Languages, provide enrollment data by campus and language, list TCJC's credit and non-credit course offerings, and offer additional informatin on the Languages for Children program. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented to the Board of Trustees of Tarrant County Junior College District (Hurst, TX, September 14, 1989).