ERIC Number: ED310625
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Foreign Language Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve.
California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
California's framework for second language education describes the state's requirements for development of effective foreign language instruction in the public schools. Chapters address these topics: (1) the economic, civic, and cultural benefits of a foreign language program; (2) characteristics of an effective program, including communication-based instruction and language in its cultural context; (3) languages to be included in an effective program, including European languages, languages of the Pacific Rim countries, English as a Second Language, classical languages, native languages (for native speakers), and American Sign Language; (4) characteristics of a well-planned program, outlining a three-phase curriculum planning process, classroom instructional approaches, and learning outside the classroom; (5) the role of the school in policy formation, instructional resources, and support services; (6) instruction in English as a Second Language, addressing such issues as program needs, goals, and structure, the nature of the instruction, and the roles of teachers, administrators, governing boards, and local communities; and (7) criteria for evaluating a variety of instructional materials. Appended materials include a comparison of features of effective and less effective language programs, a comparison of features of communication-based and manipulation activities; and characteristics of five language competency levels in six skill areas (listening, reading, conversation, writing, culture, and content and vocabulary). (MSE)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, American Sign Language, Classical Languages, Classroom Techniques, Communicative Competence (Languages), Educational Benefits, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Evaluation Criteria, Instructional Materials, Media Selection, Native Language Instruction, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, Public Schools, School Role, Second Language Programs, State Standards, Statewide Planning, Teacher Role, Uncommonly Taught Languages
Bureau of Publications, Sales Unit, California State Department of Education, P.O. Box 271, Sacramento, CA 95802-0271 ($5.50, plus tax).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California