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ERIC Number: ED077266
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Nov-25
Pages: 9
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Foreign Languages and the International Interest.
Schaefer, William D.
William Riley Parker's arguments favoring and supporting the post-World War II boom in language learning in America are criticized in an attempt to discover a more relevant rationale for language instruction in the 1970's. Specifically, the belief that world peace can be maintained and that international understanding can be considerably improved through language instruction in public schools--thereby justifying the language requirement--is rejected in favor of a more traditional and inward-looking theory of motivation. Students who learn languages learn to know themselves better and are more capable, therefore, of self-expression. The author also urges that the language teaching profession become more realistic in its appraisal of its status and objectives by taking language acquisition seriously, refusing to think in terms of courses and credits, and concentrating on proficiency. Other suggestions supporting second language learning in American schools are offered. (RL)
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Note: Paper presented at the 6th Annual Meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Atlanta, Georgia, November 25, 1972