ERIC Number: ED051712
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov-1
Reference Count: 0
Are Foreign Languages on Their Way Out?
Rhodes, Jack W.; And Others
Four California educators consider whether foreign language study will disappear from the curriculum. Suggesting that their topic is one that vitally concerns the nation's interests, the participants summarize their opinions in this report. Margaret A. Collin believes that California's removal of the mandated elementary foreign language requirement will force the discipline from the scene. She questions the value of producing a generation of students with foreign language experience who continue to retain a latent negative attitude toward foreign language instruction. In contrast, Gerhard Friedrich, in discussing foreign language provisions in the California state colleges, declares that foreign languages may not be out, but the study "is in a crucial period of reassessment of purposes and means and requires a clear, compassionate reexamination." Elinor H. Nathan reviews FLES programs in the schools of Beverly Hills, suggesting that innovations in teaching are now necessary; Vern W. Robinson optimistically predicts that abolition of the requirements will produce highly motivated students and increased enrollments. (DS)
Descriptors: Conference Reports, Core Curriculum, Degree Requirements, Educational Objectives, Educational Trends, Elementary Education, Enrollment Trends, FLES, Instructional Program Divisions, Language Enrollment, Language Instruction, Language Programs, Modern Languages, Second Language Learning, Student Attitudes
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern California Modern and Classical Language Association.
Note: Report of Proceedings of the General Session of the Research Council, Modern and Classical Language Association of Southern California, Inc., Fall Conference, Los Angeles, California, November 1, 1969