ERIC Number: ED102848
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Communication, Culture, and the Classroom.
Northcott, Kenneth J.
This paper examines some of the reasons for the present enrollment crisis in foreign languages and some of the steps that can be taken to remedy it and describes in detail the University of Chicago training program for language teachers. The inherent importance of foreign language study is emphasized here. Since many of the language requirements for college entrance have been dropped, enrollment in foreign language courses is down. Students need to be convinced of the value of language study. The best mode of persuasion is to have a first-class, well-trained teacher doing a first-class job in the classroom. Untrained faculty members should never be permitted to take over language courses. The training of language teachers at every level has to be re-evaluated and improved. Four specific areas in which a teacher should show competence and interest are discussed: language skills, culture, pedagogy, and a commitment to professional organizations. (PMP)
Descriptors: Culture, Enrollment, Language Enrollment, Language Instruction, Language Programs, Language Skills, Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Speeches, Teacher Education, Teacher Qualifications
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)