ERIC Number: ED355756
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
The Australian Second Language Learning Program. A Review. Occasional Paper Number 4.
Dixon, Moss; Martin, Anne
The report evaluates the Australian Second Language Learning Program, intended to promote introduction and expansion of second language learning in Australian elementary and secondary schools. The assessment was conducted after 2 years of the 4-year program development phase. The report consists of an executive summary and three main parts, consisting of: (1) detailed explanations of recommendations and matters for further consideration; (2) the status of component national projects; and (3) the status of component local projects. About one-fifth of the funding is allocated to projects of national significance in declared priority areas (general non-English language education, sign language curriculum development, distance language teaching, senior secondary level language instruction, language teacher professional development, research on bilingualism) and the remainder to school systems according to enrollment rates and in the context of the overall national plan. In addition to promoting and improving language instruction in general, the program was intended to raise language enrollments to levels of the 1960s, develop bilingual education programs, and ensure consistency of curriculum. The program is seen as successful and operating in a supportive environment, especially for general instructional expansion and improvement. Progress toward bilingual education programs is seen as slow. Statistical data and specific recommendations are included in the text of the report. (MSE)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Change Strategies, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Language Enrollment, National Programs, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, School Districts, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs, Sign Language
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Advisory Council on Languages and Multicultural Education, Canberra.
Identifiers - Location: Australia