ERIC Number: ED345571
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-21
Reference Count: N/A
Foreign Language K-12. Program Evaluation 1991-92.
Wadden, Jerry M.
The Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools foreign language program for K-12 is described and evaluated. The evaluation report focuses on six areas, including: (1) school district mission and philosophy of foreign language instruction; (2) context (state policies and standards, foreign language program overview and enrollment, fiber-optic communication and instructional system, foreign language needs and goals, recent major developments); (3) program input (expenditures, instructional materials use and selection cycles); (4) process (language arts supervisor job description, inservice and staff development sessions, and professional meetings attended by staff); (5) product (test results, community survey results, foreign language study committee report, supervisor observations, accreditation reports of two sites, attainment of objectives, adherence to standards and regulations, grades, and awards); and (6) the future (plans and needs, observations). Spanish is offered in one elementary school, grades 1 to 5. Introductory foreign language (a course in both Spanish and French) is offered in grade seven. First-year French and Spanish are offered in grade eight, and eight languages (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish) are offered in high schools. It is concluded that the two critical program needs are quality teachers, especially master teachers, and instructional technology, primarily audiovisual. A series of tables giving foreign language enrollment data is appended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Change Strategies, Chinese, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, French, German, Grades (Scholastic), Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Materials, Italian, Japanese, Language Enrollment, Language Teachers, Latin, Media Selection, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Russian, Second Language Programs, Spanish, Staff Development, Teacher Qualifications, Uncommonly Taught Languages
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Des Moines Public Schools, IA.