ERIC Number: ED460709
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Advancing Foreign Language Education at Community Colleges. AACC Special Reports.
Eisenberg, Diane U., Ed.; Labib, Nadya, Ed.; Mahoney, James R., Ed.
This report by the American Association of Community Colleges summarizes the results of a nationwide year-long study on foreign language education. Programs, called Improving Foreign Language Education projects at Community Colleges, were implemented at a total of 36 American colleges to enact proposed changes in curriculum and foreign language instruction. Specifically, the projects were designed to respond to the recommendations produced by a 1992 roundtable of foreign language educators. The impetus for the roundtable and ensuing projects was the conviction that in today's multicultural society, foreign language acquisition is no longer an "extra," but is essential to mutual understanding and cooperation. With the intention of creating a broader, stronger and more cohesive content and approach than currently exists, 14 policy points were suggested, some of which included: proficiency-based education; the use of technology; faculty development; instruction across-the-curriculum; and instruction for native speakers. The programs developed at 20 community colleges are described in this report. Information provided includes the background of the institution, the plan and approach developed for the program, and the results achieved. Contact information is also provided. The authors of the study found that the positive outcome of the projects indicates a strong possibility of future success in foreign language instruction. (VF)
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Educational Technology, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Two Year Colleges
American Association of Community Colleges, National Center for Higher Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036-1176. Tel: 202-728-0200.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.