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Document Number: 6063

Foreign Language Teaching: What the United States Can Learn from Other Countries - The researchers surveyed educators in 19 geographically and demographically diverse nations about the most successful aspects of foreign language instruction in their country, “model” programs in their countries, national policies for language education and more. The resulting report provides a wealth of information, including these nations’ curriculum frameworks, teacher education, use of technology, teaching strategies, assessments and policies that support foreign language instruction. The report sets out nine lessons the United States can learn from this, such as starting language education early, learning from other nations’ experiences and improving teacher education. Table 1 (page 8) indicates the first foreign language generally studied in these countries, the age at which such instruction starts, whether studying one (or more) languages is compulsory and the other foreign languages most commonly studied. (Ingrid Pufahl, Nancy C. Rhodes and Donna Christian, Center for Applied Linguistics, December 2000)...

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