ERIC Number: ED161260
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Responding to Today's Issues. The Language Connection: From the Classroom to the World. ACTFL Foreign Language Education Series, Vol. 9.
Enwall, Beverly M.
Current attitudes within the foreign language profession at large are assessed, and some attempts to meet the common problems are described. The need for promoting and improving a public image in all areas outside the profession and informing the community about foreign language educational goals is an overriding problem. In addition to publicity achieved through a wide variety of public events, more foreign language educators are seeking ways to have feature articles included in educational and trade journals. Foreign language teachers are also demonstrating greater aggressiveness in their immediate dealings with both guidance personnel and with administrators. More support to foreign languages needs to be given from within the profession itself; a positive action to deal with this problem is to provide more services to members and to identify activities which would make membership more attractive. Colleges and universities in some states play an important role in support of foreign languages by serving as communications centers and as focal points of activities in their region. Between the university and secondary schools and within the university community itself there exists a polarization of attitudes regarding curriculum content and future directions for foreign languages. Career education is occupying a growing place in foreign language curricula, and literature has been central to foreign language study. Directions of foreign language study, including the "back to basics" thrust, are discussed. (SW)
Descriptors: Career Education, Curriculum Design, Financial Support, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, Language Instruction, Language Role, Modern Language Curriculum, Professional Associations, Public Relations, Publicize, School Community Relationship, Second Language Learning, Secondary Education, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior
Not Available Separately; See FL 009656
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York, NY.