ERIC Number: ED392247
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
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Middle School Students' Attitudes toward High School Foreign Language Study.
Marsh, Christine A.
A total of 283 students at Fassett Middle School in Oregon, Ohio, a suburban, middle-class city were surveyed about their attitudes toward foreign language study in high school. The participants were 151 male and 132 female students in grade 6 (87), grade 7 (104), and grade 8 (92). The objective was to determine whether or not the middle school exploratory language component of the curriculum was achieving its goal of increasing student interest in language study. Most respondents had been enrolled in language courses during their middle school years. The teacher-developed questionnaire elicited information about students' grade, gender, languages studied, plans to take foreign language(s) in high school, plans to attend college; letter grades in languages taken; attitudes concerning the importance, requirement, and enjoyment of language study; and favorite and least favorite subjects in school. As anticipated, older students and students with higher language grades had more positive attitudes about language study. Female students had more positive attitudes, but students having taken at least two foreign language courses previously did not have significantly more positive attitudes than others. Contains 28 references and the survey used. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Age Differences, Course Selection (Students), Educational Attitudes, Grades (Scholastic), High Schools, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Language Attitudes, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Second Languages, Secondary School Curriculum, Sex Differences, Student Attitudes, Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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