Since you teach at a private school, I'd suggest you talk to the parents and see if they object to the big class sizes. They are paying for... -posted to the "Language Educators" community Language Educators Post New Message Online Post New Message Re: French Level 1 Class Size Reply to Discussion Online Reply to Discussion via Email Reply to Sender Mar 19, 2017 2:43 PM Lonnie Dai Zovi Since you teach at a private school, I'd suggest you talk to the parents and see if they object to the big class sizes. They are paying for quality, and too many kids in a class guarantees less than optimum learning. They may have more pull than you do. On the other hand, in my public school I've seen the class size in all of our language classes creep up to 40. That is especially fun when we have special ed.,special needs kids as well as gifted kids in the same class. Many schools don't give the same importance to languages as they do the "core" classes such as English and math. It's infuriating.------------------------------Lonnie Dai Zovilonnie@vibrante.com------------------------------ Reply to Discussion Online Reply to Discussion via Email View Thread Recommend Forward ------------------------------
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The ADFL recognizes that numerous factors affect the size of elementary and intermediate language classes, including pedagogical methods, modes of instruction, scheduling parameters, institutional type, faculty contracts, finances, and facilities. The ADFL endorses the guiding principle that class size must be appropriate for enabling, rather than inhibiting, the kind of effective interaction between teacher and students necessary for developing proficiency in speaking and writing. Smaller class size also leads to greater student satisfaction and retention.
The ADFL recommends that, in foreign language courses that stress all four skills, the maximum class enrollment not exceed twenty students.(Revised in 2012.)
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