ERIC Number: ED163812
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Foreign Languages in Great Britain - Why?
Ingram, S. R.
A survey is presented of modern language teaching in Great Britain since the establishment of their Modern Language Association in 1893, with particular emphasis on developments during the past 20 years. The following topics are addressed: the influence of linguistic research on methodology, the situation in higher education and the schools, changing patterns in teacher education, and the reasons for teaching foreign languages in Britain. In universities, departments of linguistics and area studies were created and research centers were established. A revision of goals, content and methodology in primary and secondary education was necessitated by the decision in the early sixties to offer all secondary pupils equal access to education. Observations are made on different kinds of programs to meet student needs and on the optimum age for beginning foreign language study. In conclusion, it is noted that the value of foreign language study on all levels has been recognized although no clear working definition of aims and objectives for various ability levels has yet been achieved. (AMH)
Descriptors: College Language Programs, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Language Instruction, Language Planning, Language Programs, Language Teachers, Linguistics, Modern Language Curriculum, Second Language Learning, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Centre for Information on Language Teaching, London (England).