ERIC Number: ED029544
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Nov-9
Reference Count: 0
Why Is College Foreign-Language Instruction in Trouble? Three Dozen Reasons.
Thirty-six problem areas relating to college foreign language instruction are identified in this paper. Most of these problems can be grouped in five major categories--(1) high school preparation and college entrance requirements and placement procedures, (2) faculty training, qualifications, and interests, (3) research needs and the lag between the development of theory and its practical application, (4) poor coordination of classroom, language laboratory, and teaching materials as well as insufficient integration of cultural concepts, and (5) unrealistic objectives pertaining to student attitudes, undergraduate and graduate school requirements, priority disagreements, program articulation, and concomitant growth of student bodies and faculty. Also mentioned are changes needed in innovative and evaluative practices, the deterioration in college of language skills acquired in high school, and the problems involved with age and language learning. (AF)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), College Faculty, College Language Programs, College School Cooperation, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Problems, Evaluation Needs, Integrated Curriculum, Language Instruction, Language Research, Language Skills, Language Teachers, Language Tests, Modern Language Curriculum, Research Needs, Student Placement
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Center for Research on Language and Language Behavior.
Note: Paper presented at the Great Lakes Association, November 9, 1968