Improving Foreign Language Instruction: How to Best Suit Our Students
White, Kelly Marie
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There are many parts of the United State’s secondary education foreign language programs that need to be changed and strengthen. Over the past few decades more and more emphasis has been put on improving the quality of education students receive with foreign languages, however there are still giants steps that have yet to be taken. A main issue as to why students may not be receiving the best education they can is because of the policies the United States holds for college students desiring to teach a foreign language. All students are not receiving the type of discipline and knowledge that is necessary to foster a successful classroom. Emphasis has been put on reading literature in the foreign language instead of making sure every student is capable of communicating in the language. Grammar has also not been the main focus in many college classrooms, which is one facet of a foreign language that a high school teacher needs to be very knowledgeable about. One school that has made an attempt at changing how a foreign language is taught is OHS. Through interviews, surveys, observations, and literature review information was obtained from OHS to better understand how to improve foreign language classrooms and what high school students need in order to be successful.