ERIC Number: ED316158
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Foreign Language Preparation of New Freshmen (Fall 1985).
Ott, Mary Diederich; And Others
The report presents an analysis of the foreign language preparation of first-time undergraduate students at the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP). Basic areas of interest addressed included: the percentage of first-time students with either at least 2 or at least 3 years of preparation in a single foreign language in high school; how the language preparation was distributed among various foreign languages; and characteristics of students who did or did not have at least 2 years or at least 3 years of preparation in a foreign language. A random sample of 398 of the new freshmen as of fall 1985 was chosen for the study. Analysis of high school transcripts indicated: at least 87.4% had completed 2 or more years of a foreign language; at least 59% had completed 3 or more years of a foreign language; completion of a minimum of 2 or 3 years of a foreign language was not significantly related to age, race, or academic division; students from out-of-state had higher rates of language study at the criterion levels than did in-state students; students with higher rates of foreign language study had higher mean SAT scores; greater proportions of women than of men had studied 3 or more years of a foreign language; and lower proportions of part-time students than full-time students had studied 3 or more years of a foreign language. Eleven tables detail the data. (SM)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Office of Institutional Studies.