ERIC Number: ED203658
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
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Issues in Second Language and Cross-Cultural Education: The Forest Through the Trees.
Robinson, Gail L. Nemetz
Explanatory studies into second and foreign language education conducted from 1968 to 1977 in areas of the United States, Japan, and Australia are presented. Issues covered are: (1) the reason individuals study languages, (2) the relationship between language study and cultural awareness, (3) the discovery of cultural knowledge through "culture-filled" messages, (4) the formulation and correction of misunderstood cultural messages, and (5) the role of personal involvement in cultural identification and language learning. Objective data are presented concerning the population studying languages in New South Wales secondary schools, the overall goals of students in foreign language and social science courses, and the concepts of linguistic ability and language aptitude. Suggestions for developing effective instructional programs include the establishment of (1) goals that reflect student, teacher, parent, community, and national needs, (2) congruence between goals, course content, and methods of evaluation, and (3) classroom practices that reflect emotional and conceptual involvement of students. The appendices include student and parent questionnaires regarding language study and cultural awareness, tables illustrating the language learning population and comparing foreign language and social science students, and charts depicting the "linguistically able." (Author/JK)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Educational Objectives, Educational Planning, Language Aptitude, Parent Attitudes, Psychological Needs, Questionnaires, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Social Sciences, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
Heinle and Heinle Publishers, Inc., 51 Sleeper St., Boston, MA 02210 ($16.00).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Australia (New South Wales); Japan; United States