Overview of Foreign Language Education in the United States.
Center for Applied Linguistics; National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition
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The purpose of this overview is to present a picture of language education in the U.S., its context and its dimensions, especially at the secondary level of education. The overview is based on the U.S. National Profile, which was the U.S. contribution to Phase One of an international study of educational achievement in language education, sponsored by the International Association for Evaluation of Educational Achievement. The full study had three aims: (1) to describe curriculum for language education in participating countries; (2) to describe student achievement in language education in secondary school; and (3) to recommend changes by indicating optimal conditions for language education. Phase One of the study presented the context for foreign language education in each country. Phase Two will evaluate language learning of students in the final year of compulsory education. (Author/SWM)