Date Approved

5-31-2005

Embargo Period

4-12-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Leadership

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Capasso, Ronald

Subject(s)

Language and education--New Jersey; Languages, Modern--Study and teaching

Disciplines

Educational Leadership

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a first year elementary school foreign language curriculum, so that appropriate objectives and activities could be planned for the second year of the program. The intern selected a sample of ten students from each grade level. He used oral and written assessments to measure content mastery and conducted interviews to determine student attitudes toward the program. The intern also analyzed the French teacher's lesson plans to determine the amount of time spent teaching each objective and what teaching strategies were successful. After analyzing the data, the intern concluded that 95% of both the primary and intermediate level groups enjoyed learning French this year. The main strength of the program was the achievement of most of the communication objectives by at least 50% of each class sample. The primary weakness of the program was the lack of student proficiency of the cultural objectives.

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