ERIC Number: ED202237
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Hearings on Foreign Language and International Studies. Hearings before the Subcommittee on Select Education of the Committee on Education and Labor. House of Representatives, Ninety-Sixth Congress, Second Session (September 10 and 17, 1980).
These hearings concerned a proposed Foreign Language Assistance Act and a Congressional Resolution designed to promote the study of foreign languages and international affairs at all levels of education in the United States. Testimony was given by concerned members of Congress, keynoted by former Senator J. William Fulbright, as well as by representatives of the academic community, public schools, and professional organizations involved in foreign language education. A consensus of all who testified is that: (1) foreign language study in the United States is in very poor shape; (2) most American students graduate from high school with a dangerously incorrect and incomplete knowledge of other nations and cultures; (3) international competence is essential if American business is to be competitive and if the government is to have adequate intelligence and the good will on non-English-speaking countries; and (4) the educational situation will be improved only if positive incentives are offered for foreign language study, incentives that are likely to be effective only if they represent a substantial commitment by the federal government. (JB)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Identifiers: Congress 96th
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