ERIC Number: ED456671
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
What We Can Learn from Foreign Language Teaching in Other Countries. ERIC Digest.
Pufahl, Ingrid; Rhodes, Nancy C.; Christian, Donna
During the last decade, new efforts have aimed at improving foreign language education in the United States. A recent study concerned with the need to strengthen foreign language skills among U.S. students examined the successes of other countries. Conducted by the Center for Applied Linguistics, the study collected information from 22 educators in 19 countries about foreign language instruction in their elementary and secondary schools. The countries represented in the study are Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, and Thailand. Information was also gathered on China, England, and Hong Kong from comparative education reports. Study participants responded to a series of questions about language teaching methodologies, strategies, and policies in their countries that could inform language teaching in the United States. Answers to the key question, "What do you think are three of the most successful aspects of foreign language education in your country?" allowed study researchers to identify eight exemplary characteristics of foreign language education in the countries surveyed. This digest examines these characteristics and discusses what the United States can learn from them. (VWL)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Heritage Education, Language Maintenance, Language Tests, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Student Evaluation, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.