ERIC Number: ED102855
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Language Teaching in the Post-Nuclear Age.
Schneider, Eugene F.
In recent times there has been undue emphasis placed on the utilitarian byproducts of language study: the kinds of positions open for language majors, the practical purposes to which languages may be put, and job openings in the areas of translation, diplomacy, and commerce. These motives for the study of a language are commendable, but they do not constitute the prime purpose of such study. Language is the primary medium of human communication, and in this post-nuclear age more communication among cultures is necessary if we are to further understanding and compromise and avoid conflict. One of our country's basic problems during the Vietnamese war was the fact that so few people in the military or in the diplomatic corps sufficiently understood the languages and dialects of the North and South Vietnamese. Since the language codes of these people were not understood, their philosophies, their ethics, their religion, their politics, and their purposes had to be extrapolated in terms of Western thought. Now is the time for language teaching professionals to stress the importance of foreign language study as a means of understanding other cultures. (Author/PMP)
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Objectives, Language Instruction, Learning Motivation, Second Language Learning, 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)