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ERIC Number: ED014246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jun
Pages: 4
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Reference Count: 0
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EMERGING CONCEPTS IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING.
FREEMAN, STEPHEN A.
IN THE PAST 15 YEARS, MODERN LANGUAGE TEACHING HAS CHANGED RADICALLY, AND THE CONTINUING CONTROVERSY WILL PROVOKE EVEN FURTHER CHANGES. CURRENT INTEREST DEMANDS A MODIFICATION OF THE AUDIOLINGUAL APPROACH TO INCLUDE TRAINING, AS SOON AS PEDAGOGICALLY FEASIBLE, IN ALL FOUR LANGUAGE SKILLS. INCREASED ENROLLMENTS AND EXTENDED STUDY SEQUENCES HAVE FORCED STUDENT PLACEMENT TO BE BASED ON DEMONSTRATED PROFICIENCY RATHER THAN ON LENGTH OF STUDY. THE LARGE NUMBER OF HIGHLY QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS NEEDED TO EXECUTE THESE CHANGES NECESSITATES IMMEDIATE ACTION IN THE FIELDS OF TEACHER RECRUITMENT, PREPARATION, CERTIFICATION, AND PLACEMENT. THE GREAT POSSIBILITIES FOR FOREIGN CONTACTS HAVE TRIGGERED MASS TRAVEL ABROAD BY LANGUAGE TEACHERS, HAVE CAUSED THE PROLIFERATION OF STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMS, AND HAVE MADE THE PROFESSION BROADEN ITS HORIZONS TO INCLUDE THE STUDY OF NON-WESTERN LANGUAGES. IF THE PROFESSION ANSWERS THE CHALLENGES BY FOLLOWING THE ENERGETIC LEADERSHIP OF STATE, REGIONAL, AND LOCAL SUPERVISORS AND CONSULTANTS AND BY SUPPORTING SUCH UNIFYING ORGANIZATIONS AS THE AMERICAN COUNCIL ON THE TEACHING OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES, THE NEW POPULARITY OF LANGUAGE STUDY WILL NOT DIMINISH. THIS PAPER WAS DELIVERED AT THE MLA OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SPRING CONFERENCE (SANTA BARBARA, APRIL 29, 1967), AND WAS PUBLISHED IN "THE FORUM," VOLUME 5, NUMBER 4, JUNE 1967, PAGES 9-12. (AB)
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Identifiers: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Langs