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Katz, Stacey; Watzinger-Tharp, Johanna – Modern Language Journal, 2005
This article presents an analysis of the results of a survey conducted with foreign language program directors and coordinators in American university foreign language departments. The goal of the survey was twofold. First, it aimed to compile a profile of these individuals: their backgrounds, research, and teaching and coordinating…
Descriptors: Second Languages, Applied Linguistics, Universities, Department Heads
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Uber Grosse, Christine – Modern Language Journal, 1982
A survey designed to collect, analyze, and present information about the position of Spanish for business in the contemporary modern language curriculum showed that business Spanish is a growing field of particular interest to language and business majors. (EKN)
Descriptors: Business, College Second Language Programs, Higher Education, Language Skills
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Brewer, William B. – Modern Language Journal, 1983
Considers some of the most common cliches and their implications about foreign language requirements. (EKN)
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Required Courses
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Hagiwara, Peter – Modern Language Journal, 1983
Issues in the foreign language placement of college students are discussed: the necessity of a placement test for all incoming students, selection of such a test from the available options, decline of student performance in the last 20 years, and articulation courses from high school to college. (MSE)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), College School Cooperation, College Second Language Programs, College Students
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Belasco, Simon – Modern Language Journal, 1983
Offers some insights into why students rarely attain proficiency in a second language. Suggests organizing a second language program in such a way as to encourage students to spend the time required to become proficient. (EKN)
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, Language Proficiency, Second Language Instruction, Student Role
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Woloshin, David J. – Modern Language Journal, 1983
Reviews various aspects of the undergraduate foreign language curriculum over the past decade and identifies the strengths and weaknesses of that curriculum. Outlines the best and worst scenarios which could occur during the next 10 years and suggests means which can assure that undergraduate foreign language education will meet future needs. (EKN)
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Modern Language Curriculum
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Di Pietro, Robert J.; And Others – Modern Language Journal, 1983
Uses data from a survey of 326 centers of foreign language education to discuss (1) what kinds of courses and specializations are being offered, (2) how the curriculum is meeting the changing needs of the nation, and (3) what future development can be realistically anticipated. (EKN)
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, Futures (of Society), Graduate Study, Job Placement
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McGlone, Edward L.; And Others – Modern Language Journal, 1985
Describes a survey of the heads of doctoral degree-granting foreign language departments to determine whether there was sufficient unanimity among them as to which journals are considered important outlets for major research efforts. Although some journals were mentioned much more frequently than others, no true ranking emerged from the survey.…
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, Doctoral Programs, Higher Education, National Surveys
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Davis, James N.; And Others – Modern Language Journal, 1992
Student attitudes toward the study of literature in a foreign language were examined, based on a survey of introduction to literature courses in French and Spanish. Most students revealed positive attitudes. A review of previous research and the survey instrument are included. (38 references) (LB)
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, French, Higher Education, Literature Appreciation
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Salomone, Ann Masters – Modern Language Journal, 1994
One instructor's experiences teaching French to prison inmates is recounted. Descriptions of the students, instructional environment, limitations of the textbook, and student creativity are accompanied by a quantitative analysis of the inmates' academic achievement. Their grades did not differ noticeably from those of students taught by the author…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Students, College Second Language Programs, Comparative Analysis
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Grosse, Christine Uber; Voght, Geoffrey M. – Modern Language Journal, 1990
Analysis of the responses to a survey regarding the instruction of language for specific purposes indicated that this instruction was an established part of the foreign-language curriculum at most of the responding four-year institutions. Courses were most likely to be at institutions that had professional schools, entry or exit foreign-language…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Second Language Programs, Higher Education, Language Teachers
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Duff, Patricia A.; Polio, Charlene G. – Modern Language Journal, 1990
Classroom observation of 13 college language courses and analysis of student questionnaire and teacher interview responses indicated that teachers varied widely in use of target language with a mean of 67.9 percent; language type, departmental policy, lesson content, and teacher training affected target language use; and students were generally…
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, College Second Language Programs, Course Content, English
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Day, James T. – Modern Language Journal, 1987
Foreign summer language programs offer many advantages to students, but students may only receive superficial contact with the host culture and language and may be motivated only by their wish to have a memorable experience abroad. Suggestions are presented to ensure academic validity of such programs in the areas of motivation, academic credit,…
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, College Students, Culture Contact, Educational Quality
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Harlow, Linda L. – Modern Language Journal, 1987
Questionnaire responses of college and university foreign language department chairpersons (N=766) revealed that 15 percent of these programs continued to offer language instruction on an individualized track, while 25 percent expressed interest in developing new individualized instruction programs. Responses regarding language offerings,…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Second Language Programs, Computer Uses in Education, Enrollment
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Walz, Joel – Modern Language Journal, 1986
Discusses whether the goal of language proficiency is reasonable or even possible given the language textbooks available. Examines the description of the French language in college-level French language textbooks (all of which take a structural approach) to see if they lend themselves to the acquisition of a functional speaking ability. (SED)
Descriptors: Audiolingual Skills, College Second Language Programs, Content Analysis, Educational Objectives
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