ERIC Number: ED191305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
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Toward an Articulated Curriculum.
Lafayette, Robert C.
A close examination of two scenarios, one optimistic and the other pessimistic, reveals that the future of foreign language teaching in the United States is very much in the hands of the profession. Even if an external factor such as inflation does become serious, the profession must show unity and demonstrate its ability to realize optimistic predictions regarding program development, increased enrollment, integration of instruction with national needs, and institutional policies reflective of the perceived importance of language study. One of the most significant traits of professional unity is an articulated curriculum that must demonstrate the following strengths: (1) internal strength achieved through the articulation of objectives, learning activities, and end-of-course tests; (2) sequential strength achieved through the use of minimum competencies to articulate the movement of students from one level to another; and (3) external strength achieved through cooperative articulation with the other components of basic education. This articulated curriculum will not only act as a deterrent to possible negative forces, but also will increase significantly the potential for the future. (Author/JB)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Curriculum Development, Educational Planning, Prediction, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Role
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (New York, NY, April 17-19, 1980).