ERIC Number: ED423702
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for Foreign Language Teachers K-12.
Barfield, Susan C.
The National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Program for Foreign Language Teachers K-12 is a summer fellowship program for elementary and secondary school foreign language teachers, and allows teachers to spend 6 weeks abroad developing language skills and an understanding of the target culture. Evaluation of the program included: teacher oral language proficiency testing; a survey of participants, their principals, state foreign language supervisors, Academic Alliance coordinators, and teachers who requested an application but did not submit it. The evaluation investigated how the program was perceived in the foreign language community, the oral language proficiency level of participants and changes during the fellowship, how the program acts as a professional development tool, whether the program facilitates new perspectives or materials for the foreign language classroom, and how the program could be improved. Results indicate that the program is well-designed and continues to strengthen foreign language teaching in the nation's schools. (MSE)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Cultural Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Fellowships, Interviews, Language Proficiency, Language Teachers, Language Tests, Principals, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages, State Supervisors, Study Abroad, Summer Programs, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Morristown, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.