TITLE

Foreign-Language Study in the Elementary School

AUTHOR(S)
Hussain, Donna
PUB. DATE
March 1964
SOURCE
Education Digest;Mar1964, Vol. 29 Issue 7, p45
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the introduction of foreign-language instruction in the American elementary schools. The objectives most commonly propounded in support of the elementary language program and the probability of how well the elementary school can achieve these objectives is discussed. It appears that elementary districts cannot meet the objective of training the child in hearing and reproducing sounds without being staffed by bilingual teachers. Consistency in language instruction is hindered by the mobile American society. Frequent class turnover makes continuity of instruction impossible. Each year the program must be adjusted so that newcomers can participate. Children with no previous language experiences, or those who have been taught another language, prevent the class from making substantial progress with new material. The language program as operating in most districts today fails to satisfy most of its objectives. The weaknesses far out-weigh the merits. Without utilizing limited class time for foreign language study, many of the same basic objectives can be satisfied through other programs.
ACCESSION #
18831805

 

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