ERIC Number: ED163801
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Foreign Languages and the Basics.
Bourque, Jane M.; And Others
This brochure is presented in the context of the "back to basics" movement to draw attention to the fact that the basics of a good education are skills that will enable people to live more effectively in the world of the future and that study of a foreign language contributes to the development of these skills. Basics are defined as abilities, such as problem-solving, coping and learning to learn, and human qualities, such as understanding, respect for others and self-respect. A community's brief description in terms of these "basics" is given of four innovative foreign language programs: career education, exploratory language, bilingual education and immersion programs. Other evidence is also offered in support of the value of foreign language education, namely, facts about increased foreign travel, an excerpt from the executive order of the President's Commission on Foreign Language and International Studies and a table showing results of research on the relationship between foreign languages and basic skills and attitudes. (AMH)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Educational Benefits, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Humanistic Education, Interpersonal Competence, Language Instruction, Language Programs, Learning Processes, Pamphlets, Problem Solving, Second Language Learning, Skill Development, Values
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Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York, NY.