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Implementing a *policy of foreign languages at the elementary school level (FLES) on Long Island


2000 2000

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The percentage of school districts across the nation offering K–12, sequential foreign language study (FLES) increased from 22% to 31% over the last ten years Branaman & Rhodes, 1997). Long Island public schools followed this trend with an increase from 2% to almost 15% over the last ten years. The primary reasons for implementing this policy are: enhanced global competitiveness, increased understanding and acceptance of other cultures and peoples, and greater proficiency in a foreign language through a longer sequence of study (Curtain & Pesola, 1994; Lipton, 1998; Met, 1998). In addition to these outcomes, studies of early second language programs indicate the positive effects of this policy on creative and divergent thinking, language arts, math scores, and scores on standardized tests such as SATs (Armstrong & Rogers, 1997; Cooper, 1987; Garfinkel & Tabor, 1991; Landry, 1974). The purpose of this document is to facilitate the successful implementation of FLES programs. The document includes a critical review of quantitative and qualitative studies of FLES (including an effect-size analysis of statistical data where applicable). In addition, it contains, analyses of implementation issues (educational, economic, political, and social), a synthesis of relevant literature, and a qualitative examination of the implementation process through interviews with educators on Long Island.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Elementary education;
Language arts;
Language
Classification
0524: Elementary education
0279: Language arts
0291: Language
Identifier / keyword
Education; Language, literature and linguistics; Foreign Languages at the Elementary School; Long Island; New York; Policy
Title
Implementing a *policy of foreign languages at the elementary school level (FLES) on Long Island
Author
Margarita, Elaine
Number of pages
308
Publication year
2000
Degree date
2000
School code
0086
Source
DAI-A 60/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780599575776, 0599575778
Advisor
Shakeshaft, Carol
University/institution
Hofstra University
University location
United States -- New York
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9954841
ProQuest document ID
304596285
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304596285
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