ERIC Number: ED375674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Feasibility Study of Statewide Implementation of the Fairfax County Elementary Foreign Language Immersion Program. Report of the Virginia Department of Education to the Governor and General Assembly of Virginia. House Document No. 26.
Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.
This report examines the efficacy of implementing Fairfax County's elementary language immersion program on a statewide basis in Virginia. The report discusses the current state of elementary foreign language programs in the state, and describes the Fairfax County immersion program for grades one through six. It then presents an evaluation of the immersion program, and the availability of staff and instructional materials for the implementation of such a program on a statewide basis. Finally, it considers policy and fiscal implications of statewide implication. The report concludes that while the Fairfax program is highly effective, and the implementation of a foreign language immersion program on a statewide basis would be highly desirable, current conditions preclude the adoption of such a program. Current fiscal constraints throughout Virginia and the apparent inability to locate a sufficient pool of teacher applicants needed for statewide implementation are major limiting factors governing the consideration of such a program. Eight appendixes provide information on the Virginia House Joint Resolution governing the feasibility study, the workplan for the study, state foreign language enrollments, the status of foreign language immersion programs, and state-approved teacher preparation programs. (MDM)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Feasibility Studies, Financial Problems, FLES, Immersion Programs, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs, State Legislation, State Programs, Teacher Education, Teacher Shortage
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.