Helene Ossipov (Ph.D., Indiana University) is an Associate Professor of French at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
Who is Taking French and Why?
Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
© 2000 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 33, Issue 2, pages 157–167, March 2000
How to Cite
Ossipov, H. (2000), Who is Taking French and Why?. Foreign Language Annals, 33: 157–167. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2000.tb00908.x
- Issue online: 31 DEC 2008
- Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
Abstract: In the Spring 1996 semester, first- and fourth-semester students at Arizona State University were surveyed to find out why they had chosen to study French, whether they planned to continue studying French, and what courses they would like to see offered. The responses to this survey indicated that our students plan to visit France or a French-speaking area, that they are most interested in gaining fluency in French, and that they would like to see a variety of classes offered. Although literature classes were a popular option for many students, a considerable number indicated interest in classes in French for special purposes, language classes, and culture classes. These responses tell us that offering a range of diverse classes can attract and retain students in French programs.