ERIC Number: ED434532
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Foreign Language Instruction in the United Sates: A National Survey of Elementary and Secondary Schools. Language in Education: Theory and Practice No. 93.
Rhodes, Nancy C.; Branaman, Lucinda E.
A 1996-97 national survey of elementary and secondary schools investigated current patterns and shifts in foreign language enrollment, languages and programs offered, teaching methodologies, teacher qualifications and training, and reactions to national reform issues. An introductory section of the survey report offers background information on this and several previous surveys. The second section outlines key questions to be addressed by the present study. A third section is devoted to explanation of the research methodology used and a demographic profile of the sample surveyed. The bulk of the report is devoted to a summary of results, including numerical data, concerning: number of schools teaching foreign languages; interest in offering language instruction; language enrollment; languages taught; program types; grade levels and minutes per week (elementary schools); levels offered and hours per week (secondary schools); class scheduling during the school day; funding sources (elementary schools); schools having curriculum frameworks or guidelines; sources of language curricula; instructional materials; sequencing/articulation; number of language teachers; teacher qualifications; staff development/inservice training; foreign language use in the classroom (secondary schools); schools' characterizations of their programs; assessment; and standards for language learning. A concluding section contains a discussion of findings. The questionnaires are appended. Contains 9 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Articulation (Education), Classroom Communication, Curriculum Design, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Materials, Language Enrollment, Language of Instruction, Language Teachers, Language Tests, Languages, National Surveys, Program Design, Questionnaires, Research Methodology, Scheduling, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs, Staff Development, Student Evaluation, Teacher Qualifications
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Non-Print Media; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.; Delta Systems Inc., McHenry, IL.