ERIC Number: ED430403
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Culture in the Foreign Language Classroom: A Survey of High School Teachers' Practices and Needs. Final Report and Executive Summary.
Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.
A national study investigated: (1) the amount of time high school foreign language teachers devote to the study of culture in language courses; (2) culture content covered in language courses; (3) strategies and materials used; (4) the extent of teacher cooperation in combining language and culture study, and whether it fosters inclusion of culture study in language courses; (5) factors encouraging social studies teachers to work cooperatively with language teachers in planning and implementing culture study opportunities for language students; and (6) the materials, staff development opportunities, and institutional support language teachers perceive as needed to teach culture more effectively. Data were gathered in a mail survey of 1,566 modern language teachers and 560 social studies teachers, and telephone interviews with 191 of the respondents. The report details both the surveys and the findings, and makes recommendations for teacher education and staff development, instructional materials and materials selection, techniques for building support of administrators and the public, and cross-disciplinary cooperation and teaching. Several areas are highlighted for future research efforts. The survey instruments are appended. Contains 20 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.