ERIC Number: ED115121
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Careers and the Foreign Language Department.
Brod, Richard I.
This article discusses the career approach in foreign language instruction, and defines three dimensions for this approach: (1) information, that is, current data about actual jobs requiring language skills, (2) public awareness, and (3) curriculum, that is, providing courses that meet the needs of a career-oriented approach. These three dimensions lead necessarily to activity in other fields, specifically (1) information gathering; (2) bringing information about languages and jobs to the attention of the public, including students, parents, counselors, school administrators and members of the business community; and (3) curriculum development. Due to declining enrollments and changing student attitudes and needs, foreign language departments need to redefine their goals with a realistic approach to the place of language skills in actual career planning. With this approach, language needs to be offered not as a primary skill but rather as an auxiliary or supportive one. Materials appropriate for career-oriented language courses are needed, and the career approach will also undoubtedly affect teacher training. In addition, interaction between the school and the community is needed, partially in the form of adult language programs, a few of which are described here. (CLK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Fall Meeting of the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association (1974)