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ERIC Number: EJ926323
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0015-718X
Foreign Language Instruction in U.S. Schools: Results of a National Survey of Elementary and Secondary Schools
Pufahl, Ingrid; Rhodes, Nancy C.
Foreign Language Annals, v44 n2 p258-288 Sum 2011
How well are our schools preparing students to become global citizens who can communicate in languages other than English? To answer this question, we surveyed a nationally representative sample of more than 5,000 U.S. public and private elementary and secondary schools. Results identify current patterns and shifts over time in five key areas of K-12 foreign language education: amount of language instruction; languages and program types offered; curriculum and instruction; teacher certification, professional development, and teacher shortages; and the effects of education reform. Results reveal that despite some positive developments, overall foreign language instruction has decreased over the past decade and the achievement gap has widened. The article concludes with recommendations on how to progress toward achieving foreign language proficiency for all students. (Contains 7 notes, 7 figures, and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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