ERIC Number: ED189845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
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Imperatives for the Eighties.
Phillips, June K.
The effectiveness of the activities surrounding the work of the President's Commission on Foreign Language and International Studies in publicizing the status and needs of foreign language programs in the United States is reviewed. Three position papers produced for the Commission are examined. The "Resolutions on Language in American Education" has prompted various suggestions for implementing universal second-language education, including a range of programs proposed by Rivers and the pyramid model developed by Strasheim. The document "Priorities for Action" outlines legislative and professional recommendations, as well as a process by which a joint governmental-professional effort might be accomplished. The recommendations in a statement by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the National Council for Social Studies identify four areas in the realm of pre-collegiate education in which the two professions might work cooperatively: public awareness, research, curriculum development, and teacher education. The President's Commission is viewed as a herald of the eighties for foreign language educators, who must now rally for a great campaign of public relations and political, professional, and personal responsibility. (JB)
Descriptors: Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Publicity, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - General
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Identifiers: Presidents Comm Foreign Lang International Studies