Funding For Foreign Language CoursesPresentation Transcript
Funding For Foreign Language Courses By: Alexis Rowe
The Overall Problem Schools need funding for foreign language courses, or eventually there will be no courses offered in schools globally. Source: Money 2 By: borman818
Importance of Foreign Language Courses in Schools Has become a much bigger issue recently. Enhances students’ language skills. Enables students to grow as people by leading them to learn about other cultures and languages. More apt to get a job in bigger cities.
Background Information Available at the elementary, middle school, high school, and college level. Foreign language classes are being dropped because the school systems believe that the money used to pay those teachers should be used toward other subjects.
Background Information Spanish and Chinese are the 2nd and 3rd most widely used languages in the United States. Although, most common in larger states, foreign languages are still spoken throughout the entire U.S. Source: World Languages & Cultures
Background Information Majority of people who don’t speak English at home say that they know it “very well,” but not because of school, because of other outside sources. 5.6% of world’s population speaks English as their primary language.
Impact on K-12 Education Less acceptance to bigger colleges Some students tend to feel unappreciated, because their native language is not taught at the school they attend.
Impact on K-12 Education “Foreign languages play an increasingly prominent role in urban schools that serve diverse ethnic communities” (Mary Abbott). Source: School Friends By: woodleywonderworks
Possible Future Direction for Foreign Language Classes As of now, it looks like there is going to continue to be a steady decline in foreign languages courses in schools. Schools are already beginning to use Rosetta Stone rather than teachers. Source: Rosetta Stone By: Vagabond Journey
What Legislative Efforts are Being Made? Legislation, as of now, is not doing much to help foreign language funding. They are the ones cutting the foreign language classes. According to the government system, there are more important subjects that the funding needs to go to.
Conclusion All in all, foreign language courses play a vital role in school systems. Students NEED that second or third language to broaden their horizons.
References Hu, Winnie. "Foreign Languages Fall as Schools Look for Cuts." The New York Times. September 11,2009. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/13/education/13language.html?_r=2 Rhodes, Nancy and Pufahl, Ingrid. Foreign Language Teaching in U.S. Schools: Results of a National Survey. http://www.cal.org/projects/Exec%20Summary_111009.pdf Rosenbusch, Marcia H. “The no Child Left Behind Act and Teaching and Learning Languages in U.S. Schools.” The Modern Language Journal. WilsonSelect Plus. Summer 2005. Vistawide. “Language in the United States.” World Languages and Cultures. 2010. http://www.vistawide.com/languages/us_languages2.htm