ERIC Number: ED102843
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Toward a Reappraisal of Foreign Language Instruction, or Can Culture Kill?
The current crisis in foreign language instruction is largely the result of a general disillusionment with methods, objectives, and achievements, in fact with the whole philosophy that has determined foreign language programs in the U.S. for the last 15-20 years. Today, the primary goal of foreign language instruction must be reemphasized. This primary goal is not the teaching of literature, culture, or civilization, but the teaching of the language itself. Learning a foreign language is a difficult, challenging, and time-consuming enterprise. Language instruction must be diversified, intensified, and expanded on the advanced levels. In times of severe financial limitations, this will require cutbacks in literature and civilization courses. However, a number of measures, among them closer program cooperation with other departments, can help minimize the impact of such cutbacks on the training of our students. The students' fustration and disinterest will disappear with their increased proficiency in the language. (Author/PMP)
Descriptors: Culture, Curriculum Development, Higher Education, Language Instruction, Language Programs, Literature, Second Language Learning, Secondary Education, Speeches
Not Available Separately; See FL 006 790
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pacific Northwest Conference on Foreign Languages, Portland, OR.
Note: For related documents, see FL 006 790 and FL 006 690-716; Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the PNCFL (25th, Spokane, Washington, 1974)