Foreign Languages in the Classroom Argumentative Essay by Writing Specialists

Foreign Languages in the Classroom
An in-depth study on the benefits of high school students learning foreign languages.
# 91700 | 6,500 words | 23 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Feb 04, 2007 in Education (Curriculum) , Education (Jr High/High School)

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This paper focuses on the flaws in the present educational system of teaching foreign languages. The paper highlights the inadequacies and presents a plan to change the way we regard foreign language classrooms. The paper proposes concentrating on students who have the motivation to learn, teaching the teachers an effective methodology that addresses learning strategies to use in the classroom and many other strategies. The paper concludes that implementing a comprehensive plan could be difficult, but once accomplished, it could lead to more effective teaching, learning and retention from the high school foreign language classrooms. This would benefit the students, teachers and ultimately the community.

From the Paper:

"Many experts believe that anything less than a four year requirement is superficial while a large number of students that have to meet the standards are ambivalent to say the least. Studies have shown that a majority of the students who are required to study a foreign language while in high school retain very little of what they have learned and that within a five year time frame after leaving high school they have forgotten 95% of what they learned. If these studies are true then many individuals with even a little modicum of commonsense would scrap the efforts to teach the students a foreign language."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Altonji, Joseph G. (1995), The Effects of High School Curriculum on Education and Labor Market Outcomes, Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 30, No. 3 (Summer, 1995) , pp. 409-438, accessed March 9, 2006
  • Ashworth, Mary (1985), Beyond Methodology, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
  • Bailey, Phillip, (2000), Correlates of Anxiety at Three Stages of the Foreign Language Learning Process, Journal of Language and Social Psychology, v. 19 issue 4, 2000, p. 474-490, accessed March 10, 2006
  • Bergentoft, R., (1994), Foreign Language Instruction: A Comparative Perspective, The Annals, Vol. 532, Issue 1, March 1994, pp 8-34, accessed March 13, 2006
  • Burnaford, G., Fischer, J., Hobso, D., (Ed) (2001), Teachers Doing Research, New Jersey, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates

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