ERIC Number: ED185836
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Educational Goals: The Foreign Language Teacher's Response.
Rivers, Wilga M.
Educational goals and objectives of foreign language programs in the United States are described. Trends in objectives are divided into a practical and a personal domain. Practical considerations include: (1) the duty of the school systems to provide a thorough basic education for the taxpayers' dollars, (2) career education, (3) equality of educational opportunity, and (4) lifelong learning. Among personal considerations are: (1) personal development, (2) interpersonal communication, (3) multicultural education, (4) development of a global perspective, (5) developing the full potential of the gifted, and (6) revived emphasis on a humanistic and liberal education. Results of a survey of 580 foreign language teachers from around the world are reported. Seven focused approaches to language teaching are identified by clusters of choices of objectives that characterized teachers of given languages in given geographic areas. These clusters are compared to the author's predicted clusters. The realities, as opposed to the predictions, showed that most teachers related language learning to their students' career plans. Varying objectives within the United States and international differences in objectives are discussed. Suggestions for accommodating a language program to student needs are offered. The survey questionnaire is appended. (JB)
Descriptors: Career Education, Cluster Analysis, Educational Objectives, Educational Research, Educational Trends, Language Teachers, Program Development, Questionnaires, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Language Programs, Surveys
Not available separately; See FL 011 303.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Washington, DC, April 19-22, 1979).