Ogilvie, William K.||Reach, Damon D.
M.S. (Master of Science)
Department of Secondary Professional Education
Municipal universities and colleges; Languages; Modern
The purpose of this study was to try to determine what percentage of the student enrollment of Illinois junior colleges was enrolled in foreign languages and to try to clarify educational philosophy regarding offering foreign language courses in the junior college. Procedural development of the study consisted of the following sequence: A review of literature pertinent to the subject was made to determine the extent to which studies had been done in this field. The student enrollment of junior colleges was used to determine various percentages. A questionnaire was prepared and sent to all junior colleges in Illinois, public and private, and to ten public junior colleges in California and ten in Florida. Of the seventy-three questionnaires sent out, fifty-seven or seventy-eight percent, were received and analyzed. Conclusions were determined by the findings of the investigation. Findings and conclusions of the study were as follows 1. In Illinois public junior colleges there were 4200 students enrolled in six different languages offered for credit. Total enrollment in non-credit foreign language courses was 208. 2. In Illinois private Junior colleges there were 709 students enrolled in five different languages offered for credit. Total enrollment in non-credit foreign languages was 394 in twelve different languages. 3. It was determined that 12.1% of students in Illinois public Junior colleges were enrolled in foreign languages offered for credit. In Illinois private Junior colleges, 15.6% of students were enrolled in foreign language courses offered for credit. 4. The reason checked most often for offering foreign language in Illinois public Junior colleges was to fulfill language requirements for transferring students with 96.37 of those responding indicating that as their reason, 5. The reasons checked most often for offering foreign language in Illinois private junior colleges were to fulfill requirements for transferring students and to broaden cultural interests with 90.90% of those responding indicating these as their reasons. 6. Enrollment in foreign languages in Illinois junior colleges is low compared to the number of students enrolled. 7. Almost one-half of Illinois Junior colleges analyzed believed that foreign languages needed to fulfill a new role In the junior college curricula. Suggestions as to what this new role might be were collected. 8. There is a definite lack of vocationally oriented foreign language progress In Illinois junior colleges. 9. Illinois private junior colleges seem to be doing a better job in providing non-credit foreign language courses than Illinois public junior colleges. 10. It appeals that the future of foreign languages in the junior college curriculum depends on language requirements for liberal arts degrees in four year institutions. As the requirements in the four year colleges and universities are lessened in regard to foreign language, the importance of foreign language in the junior college will lessen proportionately.
Hines, David G., "A study of foreign language offerings and objectives in selected community colleges" (1969). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 620.
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