ERIC Number: ED403746
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center Evaluation Report.
Kemis, Mari; Moran, Kelly Jo Kerry
The report describes and evaluates the activities of the National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center, established at Iowa State University as one of six nationally to support K-12 foreign language education. These activities include: the Teacher Educator Partnership Institute, a professional development program for methods professors in higher education institutions; the Culture and Children's Literature Institute for French and Spanish teachers, teaching effective strategies for development and teaching of thematic culture- and literature-based instructional units; the Curriculum Institute, a summer workshop for foreign language teachers and supervisors; an Assessment guidelines and Strategies Workshop, in which teachers and researchers collaborated to draft assessment strategies that link the national student standards for foreign language learning to sample objectives, instructional activities, and subsequent assessment; the New Technologies Institute, to introduce educators to the benefits for foreign language instruction of newly developed technologies; academic-year goal-setting activities; and ongoing support through communication with institute leaders and participants. Overall, the activities of the second 16 months at the center were found positive and successful, meeting stated goals. The executive summary is included. (MSE)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, College Faculty, Conferences, Curriculum Development, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Federal Programs, French, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Development, Language Teachers, Methods Courses, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages, Spanish, Technological Advancement, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames. Research Inst. for Studies in Education.
Note: For an earlier report, see ED 391 356.