ERIC Number: ED473832
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-May
Assessing Quality in Undergraduate Foreign Language Programs.
Bricault, Dennis R.
This study examined undergraduate foreign language programs at five institutions that were diverse in size, type, and geographical location. At each site, interviews were conducted with four students, two faculty members, and one program administrator; two classes were observed; and related documents and program literature were collected. Using the constant comparative method, four clusters of 11 attributes of quality programs were identified: infrastructure (language laboratory, instructional technology); program participants (faculty, students); program culture (faculty, faculty-student, and student-student interaction); and teaching/learning experiences (curriculum, learning environment, extracurricular activities, study abroad opportunities). The final product of this study is a description of the characteristics of a quality foreign language learning experience and an analysis of how decisions made about the program structure and learning activities contribute to the students' personal, interpersonal, cultural, and cross-cultural development. (Contains 24 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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