Pamphlet on the Representations of Women in Foreign Language Textbooks

Title

Pamphlet on the Representations of Women in Foreign Language Textbooks

Subject

Feminism; Germanists; Women in literature

Description

[Cover]

femme
      Frau
            mujer
                  woman

[image: drawing of woman's face; background text is a banner that runs accross the page diagonally, repeating "a world of women"]

A PROJECT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT
OF CURRICULUM MATERIALS ON
WOMEN AND WOMEN'S LIVES
IN OTHER CULTURES

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PROJECT OVERVIEW

      Secondary learning materials in the most commonly taught languages of French, German and Spanish often portray females in less capable, less significant roles. In most cases, little or no information is included on women who have lived their own lives, expressed themselves fully and fearlessly and exerted as much influence as they could -- whether in dealing with kings and emperors, or in the fields of art, science, letters or the theater. Outstanding males in other cultures are commonly recognized and studied; outstanding females are recognized on a limited basis or not at all. Supplementary units and materials are needed to raise student awareness and eliminate sex bias in the study of other cultures. A WORLD OF WOMEN has been designed and funded to help fill the void.


[image: centered, logo of Minneapolis Board of Education, black square, white circle inside with black letters MPS inside]

Minneapolis Board of Education
Marilyn A. Borea, Chairperson
W. Harry Davis     Carol R. Lind      John M. Mason
Philip A. Olson     James W. Pommerenke     Jane A. Starr
Superintendent of School
Raymond G. Arveson

Special School District No. 1
MINNEAPOLIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
1979


      The Minneapolis Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, merital status with regard to public assistance, or disability.

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OBJECTIVES

To develop student awareness of the role of females in the culture of the language studied.

To increase teacher awareness of the role of females in other cultures.

To increase teacher effectiveness in the teaching of non-sexist materials.


EVALUATION

Materials will be field-tested in French, German and Spanish classes on the secondary level in the Minneapolis Public Schools.


DISSEMINATION

Materials will be available to language teachers through the office of the Specialist in Modern and Classical Languages of the Minnesota State Department of Education, 649 Capitol Square Building, St. Paul, MN 55101.

Materials will be available in June 1980

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MATERIALS AVAILABLE AT THE END OF THIS ONE-YEAR PROJECT WILL INCLUDE CURRICULUM PACKETS

Student Materials
Non-sequential learning materials, readings and activities for classroom use in each language plus English.

Teacher's Guide
Teaching strategies, evaluation instruments and bibliography for further research.

FILMSTRIPS
Available in each of the languages and in English.

DISPLAY KITS
Posters to accompany the teaching materials to enhance the classroom.

THE MINNEAPOLIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL MAINTAIN A RESOURCE LIBRARY FOR INTERESTED EDUCATORS

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
MARY JANE ROE, Project Director
French
      Karen Weinschenker
German
      Melanie Halvig
                                       Spanish
MINNEAPOLIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Modern Language Department
807 Northeast Broadway
Minneapolis, Minnesota      55413
     [checkbox] to pilot curriculum materials
     [checkbox] for evaluation report

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[Logo of Minnesota Council on Quality Education: stylized letters QE] Minnesota Council on Quality Education

      Minnesota has attained national recognition for the high quality of its education system. Reinforcing the commitment of the State, the Minnesota Legislature has appropriated funds to help local districts and communities research innovative and cost-effective ways to improve elementary and secondary education.

      The funds are administered by a 19-member State Council on Quality Education (CQE). Annually, the Council accepts proposals from educators and lay persons to improve local schooling. The proposals are reviewed on four criteria: innovativeness, cost effectiveness, educational significance, and procedural feasibility.

      After careful examination, the Council recommends funding to the State Board of Education for these projects it believes will make the best use of State monies in improving education.

      For more information on the Council and its programs, contact:

CQE
722 Capitol Square Building
St. Paul, MN 55101
612/296-5072

Creator

Minnesota Board of Education

Source

Lennox Files, Wisconsin Historical Society

Publisher

Minneapolis Public Schools

Date

1979

Format

JPEG

Language

eng

Type

Text

Identifier

File_007

Files

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Citation

Minnesota Board of Education, “Pamphlet on the Representations of Women in Foreign Language Textbooks,” Women in German Herstory Project, accessed October 2, 2022, http://wig-herstory.com/items/show/6.