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ERIC Number: ED316021
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-9
Pages: 9
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The Impact of High School Foreign language Study on Academic Success in College: A 1989 Research Update.
Wiley, Patricia Davis
This paper reports on the results of a research project that focused on the relationship between (1) high school foreign language study and college cumulative grade point average (GPA), and (2) high school foreign language study and college freshman English cumulative GPA in a random sample of Tennessee public college graduates in 1987-88. The following variables were examined: the number of high school foreign language units matriculated, cumulative high school and college GPAs, American College Testing Program (ACT) composite and English raw scores, and college freshman English GPAs. Analysis of the results shows that the mean cumulative GPAs of students taking a high school foreign language were higher than those of students who did not take high school foreign language but were as academically talented as students who did. The mean freshman English GPAs of those students who studied a foreign language in high school were similarly higher than those of students who did not study a foreign language but were as academically talented. These results were found to be statistically significant. It is concluded that students who study Latin, French, Spanish, and German in high school may be expected to perform better in college than students of equal ability without high school language study. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee