ERIC Number: ED337021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
State Activities Update: Focus on the Teacher.
Draper, Jamie B., Comp.
This report focuses on the extent of the foreign language teacher shortage, including avenues explored to curtail shortages and incentives for recruiting new teachers or for helping current teachers to maintain or improve their skills. Questionnaires were sent to foreign language supervisors in state education agencies of the 50 states and the District of Columbia (with a response rate of 84%). The most significant finding is that 55% of states reported that no data are kept on projected teacher supply and demand; much of the data collected are for the current academic year only, with few projections into the future. However, the following observations are made: 40% of respondents reported a teacher shortage at the elementary level and 48% at the secondary level, with teachers being hardest to find for rural areas and small school districts; overall, 69% of respondents expect a shortage by 1993; "alternate" certification appears to be the most common way of obtaining new teachers; recruitment incentives are offered in 26% of the states reporting and 21% are bringing teachers or teaching assistants from overseas; inservice opportunities are available through state or federal programs; and three states--North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia--are operating Governor's Language Academies for intensive language instruction. (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Joint National Committee for Languages, Washington, DC.