ERIC Number: ED191309
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
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The American Language Association: Toward New Strength, Visibility, and Effectiveness as a Profession.
Benseler, David P.
In view of the need for a united front in the second language teaching profession, all professional language organizations in the United States should be abolished in favor of a new American Language Association. Some of the deficiencies of the present diverse structure include catering to the world of specialists, divisiveness by language, level, region, and specialty, lack of a mechanism to unite to face units of government, impediments to the collection and dissemination of information, enhancement of teacher apathy, inefficiency in pooling resources, duplicativeness, low public visibility, inhibitions to professional development, and violation of the American value of unity. A constitution for an American Language Association should include provisions for assuming debts of subsumed organizations, respecting the integrity of all components, enhancing the professional activities of members, preserving publication programs, defense of the profession, sponsoring research, and helping members find employment. (JB)
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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).