ERIC Number: ED409950
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Foreign Languages at New Jersey Two-Year Colleges.
Willard, George R.
A study was undertaken to gather data on declines in foreign language enrollment at Union County College (UCC) and other New Jersey two-year colleges and to identify means by which foreign language offerings might be enhanced. Surveys were sent to the 18 New Jersey two-year colleges besides UCC, requesting information on enrollments between 1994 and 1997 in foreign language classes, curricula at the colleges that required a foreign language, alternative delivery methods, and any innovative ideas for attracting students. Completed questionnaires were received from seven of the colleges. In addition, UCC Institutional Research and state enrollment reports were reviewed to determine trends. The study found that the decrease in foreign language enrollment at UCC could be attributable to decreases in county population, especially in the college-age group; increases in Hispanic and Blacks with low levels of academic preparedness; and increasing numbers of transfer students who do not take foreign languages before transferring. Recommendations developed from the study for improving language offerings at UCC included the following: (1) make use of interactive television to provide distance language courses; (2) create more courses that meet the needs of Spanish-speaking students, such as Latin American Literature in Spanish; and (3) encourage more community outreach programs in foreign languages, such as study abroad. The survey instrument is appended. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Princeton Univ., NJ. Mid-Career Fellowship Program.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey