ERIC Number: ED407840
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Apr-18
German Studies: A Paradigm of Change. Comments on Standards, Curriculum, and Testing.
von Schmidt, Wolff
A discussion of the status of German second language instruction, particularly at the postsecondary level, focuses on the role of standards, curriculum, and testing in increasing interest in and support for foreign language education. A substantial decline in German enrollments in the first half of the 1990s is noted, and possible reasons are considered. It is argued that a concerted effort to adapt the offerings and format of German instruction to current foreign language methodology and standards must be made and maintained. Recent discussions of the need for national standards in second language instruction are reviewed, and implications for curriculum design and articulation across educational levels and for development of new testing approaches are explored. It is concluded that the tools for improvement in standards, curriculum, and testing are available, and it is up to the profession to continue the progress that has already begun. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (April 18, 1997).