ERIC Number: ED206188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
The Tongue-Tied American: Confronting the Foreign Language Crisis.
This analysis of the crisis facing the United States because of a general lack of interest in foreign language study deals with several facets of the problem. Its 12 chapters address the following questions or issues: (1) the traditional conflict between Americanization and cultural and linguistic pluralism; (2) the shift in the world economic pattern and the need for learning the languages of people who buy our products; (3) language, communciation, and national security; (4) the intimate connection between language and culture, and traditional American suspicion of anything "foreign"; (5) the state of language instruction in U.S. elementary and secondary schools; (6) the variation in language requirements and offerings in colleges and universities; (7) the quality of foreign language teaching at all levels; (8) less traditional approaches to FL learning; (9) examples of state leadership in the language teaching field; (10) trends in the foreign language job market; (11) the President's Commission on Foreign Languages and International Studies; and (12) steps that can be taken by educational personnel, students, officials on the local, state, and federal level, parents, and the general public. (AMH)
Descriptors: Careers, Communicative Competence (Languages), Cross Cultural Studies, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, FLES, Industry, International Education, Language Proficiency, Modern Language Curriculum, Monolingualism, Postsecondary Education, Second Language Programs, State Federal Aid
The Crossroad Publishing Company, 575 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022 ($12.95).
Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: National Security; Presidents Comm Foreign Lang International Studies; United States