ERIC Number: ED196282
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
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Women's Studies and Foreign Language Teaching: A New Alliance.
This paper covers two areas: (1) a brief history of women's studies and an analysis of its rationale and objectives, and (2) some practical suggestions for foreign language (FL) teachers. From small beginnings in the late 1960s, women's studies has grown to its present status of more than 275 universities with full-fledged women's programs. The goals of these programs are: (1) to transmit knowledge of the ways in which interpretations of human history have been altered or distorted by the traditional tendency to focus almost exclusively on the accomplishments and perceptions of men; and (2) to enhance the pursuit of humanism by improving the quality of life. Because the goals of foreign language teaching include the elimination of ethnocentrism among students by introducing them to new ways of thinking, feeling, acting, and reacting, there is a close relationship between the two disciplines. Teaching about women can contribute to the attainment of FL goals, and FL teachers can contribute much to knowledge about women. Six practical suggestions are offered to the FL teacher regarding: (1) textbooks, (2) student awareness of sexism, (3) grammar and vocabulary exercises, (4) homework, (5) culture and civilization, and (6) literature texts. (AMH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Not available separately. For availability information, see FL 012 031. Paper presented at the Central States Conference (Minneapolis, MN, 1980).