ERIC Number: ED403740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Success of a Two-Week Intensive Program in French for Superior High School Students on a University Campus...Fulfilling Academic Challenge!
Buzash, Michael D.
The evolution of a 2-week summer honors program in French for high school students, inaugurated in 1980 and conducted on a university campus, is chronicled. The program was designed to offer enriching experiences in language review, new skill building, French culture, understanding of French phonology, and conversation on topics of interest to students. All instructional materials were created by the director. Activities were conducted from early morning into the evening, with little homework required and with socializing encouraged. The program has been well received. Of the 310 participants over the first 12 years, a majority have placed in the 90th percentile of their high school classes. Posttests, administered since 1983, show skill improvement equivalent to one college semester during the course. Post-program questionnaires reveal student responses to and relative benefits gained from the grammar/structure, phonetics, reading, oral, language laboratory, conversational, and group social segments of the course. Overall, students gained substantially in skills, confidence, and enthusiasm. The program has drawn students from 155 high schools in 7 states and a broad demographic base. Some student comments are included. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, College Second Language Programs, French, High Achievement, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Honors Curriculum, Intensive Language Courses, Language Laboratories, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Pronunciation Instruction, Reading Instruction, Student Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Kansas City, MO, April 21-24, 1994).