ERIC Number: ED366212
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Foreign Language Enrollment and the Attrition Rates in the Grand Blanc Community Schools.
Lemke, Laura A.
This paper explores enrollment for foreign language programs (FLPs) in French, Spanish, and German using data collected from students in Grades 7 through 12 in the Grand Blanc Community School District (Michigan) for the 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91, and 1992-93 school years. Research questions address: (1) enrollment figures, (2) loss rates for each year by language and by level, and (3) reasons students cite for dropping out of FLPs. From stratified attrition lists from the 1990-91 school year, randomly selected students from each language and level were surveyed, and their responses were used to develop student attitude surveys geared toward high school and middle school foreign language students. A search of student records enrolled in foreign language at both the middle and high school level was completed for years 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91, and 1991-92. Students were identified either as having continued or dropped out of the program at one of five stages, were sampled within each stage and asked to complete the student attitude survey. Results show that enrollment in foreign language in Grand Blanc at first declined, but increased over the past 2 years. The increase occurred in both the actual number of students and in the percentage of the student population. The highest attrition rates for all three languages occurred after the third level of high school foreign language study, suggesting that students are fulfilling that language requirement in high school and then dropping it as soon as they have. The lowest attrition level occurs after the 8th grade level. For middle school students, the top reason for discontinuing foreign language study was that they had to choose between the foreign language and another class they also wanted. For high school students, the top reason high school students gave was that they were no longer interested in taking it. Students attitude surveys are appended. (Contains 20 references.) (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Authoring Institution: Grand Blanc Community Schools, MI.