ERIC Number: ED139239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Career Education and Foreign Languages?
Lester, Kenneth A.
Broadening the concepts about vocational education to embrace a career education approach and changing attitudes about the usefulness of foreign language education have both helped to make the study of a language an acceptable part of career education. This paper discusses the role of language study in career education, and provides suggestions as to how teachers can become aware of the careers in which mastery of a foreign language is an asset. Teachers should also inform students who have not enrolled in foreign language classes about the career value of foreign language skill. Students can be reached through career and guidance personnel. Students will also want to concentrate on skills and concepts that will be of use in their chosen careers, and the resulting need for non-traditional sources of instructional materials and the individualization of instruction constitute a challenge for language teachers. Part of a student's career exploration experience should be a self-examination of his values and a look at the relationship which these values have to a career choice. It is suggested that language teachers incorporate values clarification activities into their curriculum. (CLK)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Career Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Job Skills, Language Instruction, Language Programs, Language Skills, Language Teachers, Languages for Special Purposes, Second Language Learning, Second Languages, Values
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Conference on Language Teaching, Atlanta, GA.
Note: Paper presented at the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (11th, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1975)