Tuesday, 02 October 2007 19:00
A $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education will
soon allow public school students in Burke County to expand their foreign
Matching funds from Appalachian State University and Burke
County Public Schools brings the budget for the three-year project to more than
ASU professors will collaborate with Burke teachers to
enhance the existing Spanish program and help the school system expand its
offerings in French and German, putting those languages on par with current offerings
in Spanish. The grant will eventually extend foreign language instruction in
all three languages into the county’s elementary schools.
To support the project, Appalachian is hosing a summer
foreign language institute for foreign language teachers from 2008-2010 to help
them work on the county’s curriculum and learn new teaching and assessment
techniques. The grant covers all expenses, as well as pays the teachers a
modest stipend. ASU, as well as Burke County Public Schools, is very optimistic
about the partnership.