ERIC Number: ED340214
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Foreign Language Enrollments in Public Secondary Schools, Fall 1989 & Fall 1990.
Draper, Jamie B.
Results of a national survey on foreign language enrollments in United States public secondary schools are summarized. Aggregate data are provided for fall 1989, and more detailed data are included for fall 1990. Data indicate a 4.5% increase in secondary school language enrollments nationally since 1985. The increase for high schools alone was 6.1%, with 38.4% of all students studying a foreign language. Modern foreign language enrollments have reached their highest level. Spanish, German, French, and Latin dominate. Russian and Japanese enrollments comprise under 1% of total enrollments. Only 6% graduate from high school with over 2 years of foreign language study. Elementary school enrollments, gathered for the first time in the survey, are also noted. Tables present data on the following: public high school language enrollments from 1890-1990; fall 1989 and fall 1990 public secondary school language enrollments; comparison of school and language enrollment changes; state totals by language for grades 7-12, 9-12, and 7-8; individual language enrollments by state and instructional level for French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish; enrollments in less commonly taught languages for grades 7-12; enrollments by language (commonly taught and uncommonly taught) and level of instruction; and elementary school language enrollments. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Yonkers, NY.