Current Foreign Language Practices in Middle Schools


  • Myriam Met

    1. Montgomery County (MD) Public Schools
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      Myriam Met (Ed.D., University of Cincinnati) is Foreign Language Coordinator for the Montgomery County (MD) Public Schools.


ABSTRACT  This article reports the results of a survey conducted in 1992–93 of foreign language programs and issues in middle schools. Members of professional associations representing state and local foreign language supervisors were surveyed to ascertain the nature and extent of exploratory and sequential course offerings in grades 6–8. The survey also elicited supervisors' views on major issues in foreign language education in middle schools. The results reveal that the nationwide movement to transform junior high schools into middle schools has had significant implications for foreign language instruction. The results further suggest a need for close collaboration between middle school decision-makers and foreign language educators