Robert J. Griffin (Ph.D., The Ohio State University) is Associate Professor of Spanish at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Your Foreign Language Program: Telling It—and Showing It—Like It Is*
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1978 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 11, Issue 1, pages 43–48, February 1978
How to Cite
Griffin, R. J. (1978), Your Foreign Language Program: Telling It—and Showing It—Like It Is. Foreign Language Annals, 11: 43–48. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1978.tb00008.x
The author acknowledges his indebtedness to the teachers, principal, and students of Parchment (Michigan) High School, without whose cooperation, dedication, and enthusiasm this experiment would not have been possible.
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ABSTRACT Foreign language teachers have long faced the problem of an elitist image, a problem which has grown even more acute in recent years due to many colleges dropping their language requirement for admission. In a project carried out in Parchment (Michigan) High School, a sound and slide program was produced to show the community foreign language learning in their own school system. The presentation delineates: (1) how foreign language study implements each of the stated goals of the school's philosophy of education, (2) what constitutes the classroom learning experiences of foreign language students, and (3) what values the students believe are inherent in foreign language study. This approach attempts not only to portray the nature and goals of the local foreign language program accurately, but also to increase support for and enrollment in that program.