ERIC Number: ED377676
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Foreign Languages at the Middle Level.
Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers, Whitewater.
The position statement of the Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers (WAFLT) task force on middle school foreign languages outlines its philosophy for development and administration of second language programs and instruction to meet the special characteristics and social and educational needs of middle school students. The report begins with the mission statement of the WAFLT task force, general principles of middle level education, challenges in teaching young adolescent learners, and guidelines for foreign language teaching and program administration at this level. Following these statements are discussion and analysis of each principle, challenge, and guideline and the summary of a statewide survey of 158 schools concerning second language program availability, design, and enrollment and staff attitudes and teacher role. Responding programs are listed by program design. Several sample lessons are also presented, including content-related, exploratory, and sequential lessons for French, Spanish, German, Latin, Japanese, and Russian. Additional material presented includes information on state teacher certification, licensure, and training, bibliographies of teacher resources and instructional materials appropriate for this level, and a list of task force members with addresses and telephone numbers. (MSE)
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Mission Statements, Policy Formation, Position Papers, Professional Associations, Program Administration, School Districts, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs, State Surveys, Student Characteristics, Student Needs
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers, Whitewater.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin