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Marcos, Kathleen M.; Peyton, Joy Kreeft – Learning Languages, 2002
Interest in and support for language study has been strengthened in the United States in recent years. This article suggests specific ways that parents, teachers, school administrators, policymakers, and members of the business community can foster the learning of languages among children and adults. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Adults, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
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Pope, Sarah – Learning Languages, 2002
An elementary school foreign language teacher reflects on her first year and a half of being a Spanish foreign language in the elementary school (FLES) teacher. Highlights challenges, frustrations, and positive aspects of the job. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, FLES, Journal Writing, Language Teachers
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Rosenbusch, Marcia H., Ed. – Learning Languages, 2002
These three journal issues contain the following articles: "Japanese at Mimosa Elementary School" (Azusa Uchihara); "A Successful Keypal Project Using Varied Technologies" (Jean L. Pacheco); "Promoting a Language-Proficient Society: What You Can Do" (Kathleen M. Marcos and Joy Kreeft Peyton); "Journal Reflections…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Beginning Teachers, Computer Uses in Education, Creative Teaching
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Gilzow, Douglas F. – Learning Languages, 2002
Describes a successful early start, long sequence Japanese foreign language in the elementary school (FLES) program that was identified as one of seven model programs in a national project funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Highlights literacy instruction in Japanese, student assessment, language camps, visits to Japan, parent…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Elementary Education, Evaluation Methods, FLES
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McKinley, Kathleen Kosobud – Learning Languages, 2002
Discusses the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards approval of standards for teachers of world languages. Specific questions are answered about the reasons for going through national board certification and what is involved. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Languages
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Trayer, Marie; Knoche, Lisa – Learning Languages, 2002
Discusses IN-VISION, a 5-year technology challenge grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education that supports K-12 Spanish and technology use in rural schools. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Rural Schools, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Chase, Kim – Learning Languages, 2002
One foreign language teacher discusses teaching French over the years through a variety of activities and without a textbook. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Education, FLES
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Borich, Jeanette Marie Bowman – Learning Languages, 2001
Describes a 4-year teacher action research project focused on whether student dialogue journals can provide documentation of student learning from a cultural unit taught in Spanish. Results are discussed. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Action Research, Alternative Assessment, Cultural Awareness, Dialog Journals
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Pufahl, Ingrid U.; Rhodes, Nancy C.; Christian, Donna – Learning Languages, 2001
Summarizes a report of a study that explored what the United States could learn about foreign language teaching from other countries. The project reviewed comparative language education studies and conducted interviews with language education professionals in countries where policies and practices could inform the United States. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Educational Policy, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries
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Sable, Marilyn – Learning Languages, 2001
Describes an activity for middle school learners of French called "body parties, or giant body part people. It is an arts and crafts project that students do mostly at home. The activity will help students understand and manipulate body part vocabulary. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: French, Learning Activities, Middle Schools, Second Language Instruction
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Rosenbusch, Marcia H., Ed. – Learning Languages, 2001
This journal serves the profession by providing a medium for the sharing of information, ideas, and concerns among teachers, administrators, researchers, and others interested in the early learning of languages. Articles in this volume include the following: "Foreign Language Teaching: What We Can Learn from Other Countries" (Ingrid U.…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Cultural Awareness, Dialog Journals
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Uchihara, Azusa – Learning Languages, 2001
Describes the Japanese program at Mimosa Elementary School in Roswell, Georgia. The success of the program has been aided by collaborative team teaching, a spiraled curriculum, creative teaching methods, Teacher -made materials, and communication among teachers, parents, and administrators. he challenges are also discussed. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Cooperation, Elementary Education, FLES
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Brooks, Colleen; Fernandez, Edmee – Learning Languages, 2001
Describes a successful program that introduced Japanese language and culture to children in Kansas. End of program survey results revealed that students, parents, and facilitators were overwhelmingly positive about the program. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Distance Education, Elementary Education, FLES, Japanese
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Pacheco, Jean L. – Learning Languages, 2001
Describes a keypal project that paired Grade 10 students learning Spanish with students in a classroom in Russia who were learning English. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Electronic Mail, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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Kucerik, Janet – Learning Languages, 2000
Discusses how foreign language teachers at Bay Point Elementary School in Pinellas County, Florida have worked to align assessment with the teaching process. Assessment goals, materials, parent communication, the process, benefits, and evaluation results of the assessment program are highlighted. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Elementary Education, Evaluation Methods, Instructional Materials
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