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Volume 22, No. 1 Fall/Winter 1998

Survey Description

A National Survey of K–12 Foreign Language Education

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), through funding from the U. S. Department of Education, conducted a survey of elementary and secondary schools in 1997 to gain a greater understanding of current patterns and shifts in foreign language enrollment, languages and programs offered, curricula, teaching methodologies, teacher qualifications and training, and reactions to national reform issues. The survey was designed to replicate CAL's 1987 survey in an effort to show trends during the decade from 1987 to 1997.

The survey was sent to a randomly selected sample of principals at approximately 6% of all public and private elementary and secondary schools in the United States. Questionnaires were completed by principals and foreign language teachers at 1,534 elementary schools and 1,650 secondary schools, which represents an overall response rate of 56%. Respondents represented public and private schools, from preschool through Grade 12, from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The survey was designed with two purposes in mind: to provide a national portrait of foreign language education at the elementary and secondary levels, and to produce information on foreign language education on a state-by-state basis.

Highlights from the findings of the survey are presented below. The full survey report will be available in February 1999 (see box). For additional information on the survey, visit CAL's Web site at www.cal.org.

Survey Highlights

Available in February 1999

Foreign Language Instruction in the
United States: A National Survey of
Elementary and Secondary Schools

Nancy C. Rhodes and Lucinda E. Branaman
Center for Applied Linguistics

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