ERIC Number: ED184353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
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Futurism, Basic Education, and the Foreign Language Curriculum.
Grittner, Frank M.
Futurism in foreign language education focuses attention on the need to plan our children's curricula, not on the basis of a mechanical assessment of current needs, but with due consideration for the intellectual abilities life in the future will require. Second language learning offers a safeguard against submission to the technocratic manipulation of language which tends to foreshadow totalitarianism. In addition, it has been shown that the second language learner turns in superior performances in other academic disciplines. Nevertheless, foreign languages should be "sold" less for their practical benefit than for the satisfaction of higher emotional and psychological needs that mastery of a foreign language provides. The concept of mastery, however, is distorted in the American school system, where foreign language programs are characterized by self-congratulatoriness, low standards, and insufficient investments of time and student effort. Possible solutions to this problem emphasize public informaton efforts, the development of new curricula, preservice and inservice teacher education, and the development of realistic evaluative techniques. (JB)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Educational Assessment, Educational Planning, Futures (of Society), Humanistic Education, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Minneapolis, MN, April 19-21, 1979).