ERIC Number: ED337010
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
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Florida: State of the Foreign Language Arts.
Valdes, Gabriel M.
In Florida, foreign language teaching has consistently followed national trends. Currently, there is a renaissance in language study. Enrollment has increased dramatically at all educational levels, due to a mandated state university system entrance requirement and two programs, the Florida Academic Scholars Program and Foreign Languages in the Elementary Schools (FLES). The first of these programs recognizes and rewards outstanding high school graduates completing a rigorous program including two years of foreign language study. As enrollment has increased, the language curriculum has become more consistent throughout the state, and school districts have adopted student performance standards for each secondary academic program. Increased enrollment has also led to a teacher shortage, in response to which the legislature has established various programs, including the Critical Teacher Shortage Program, a tuition reimbursement program, repayment of educational loans for eligible teachers, a scholarship loan program for prospective teachers currently in college, and a master's degree fellowship loan program. Alternative certification, visiting scholars, rehiring of retired teachers as substitutes, and expansion of the state career information system also help provide teachers. Establishment of a state international education office and a statewide educational assessment project enhance program evaluation and design. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Admission Criteria, College Admission, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Trends, FLES, Graduation Requirements, Higher Education, International Studies, Language Teachers, Postsecondary Education, Public Agencies, Public Policy, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Language Programs, State Legislation, Statewide Planning, Student Financial Aid, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education, Teacher Retirement, Teacher Supply and Demand, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Identifiers - Location: Florida