ERIC Number: ED189849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
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Realizing the Potential, Broadening the Base.
The inability of most Americans to use a foreign language is largely the result of limited educational opportunities, which in turn are the outcome of common negative attitudes toward the need for foreign language study in the United States. To bring better foreign language programs to more people, foreign language study must be "sold" to the people. This approach requires a revision of the profession's marketing technique, in order to motivate the potential clientele with an appeal to achievement, satisfaction, and convenience, rather than pedantry. Scheduling modifications are instrumental in increasing program appeal. Priorities for the eighties revolve around the need to guarantee every American the right to study a foreign language in a manner that will meet his or her specific needs. It is imperative that current programs be redefined toward topicality and relevance. Furthermore, the time is ripe for foreign language teachers to strive for integration with their colleagues in other disciplines. Finally, there is a special national need to emphasize study of the less commonly taught languages. (JB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Individual Needs, Interdisciplinary Approach, Language Attitudes, Program Improvement, Publicity, Relevance (Education), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs, Uncommonly Taught Languages
Not available separately. See FL 011 284.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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