ERIC Number: ED197603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
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Broadening the Middle School Curriculum through Content: Globalizing Foreign Languages.
Strasheim, Lorraine A.
Global education encompasses all disciplines in the curriculum on all levels. It provides foreign language teachers with an opportunity to construct curriculum from the ground up rather than from the other direction. Because most middle school and junior high school teachers can provide foreign language teachers with necessary knowledge about the emerging adolescent and the kind of experiences he or she needs, language teachers must begin to plan with them in preparation for global education, if this is not to be considered a decorative fringe added to the basics. Global education develops citizens of an inter-dependent world and foreign language teachers and specialists must be a part of it. Cooperation between social studies and foreign language teachers can lead to the identification and preparation of materials to be used in both disciplines. It is suggested that middle or junior high school foreign language teachers might begin defining the curriculum in terms of the minimum to be mastered by all plus reinforcement and enrichment activities. Then, they will have both a basis for articulation and a construct into which some global education components can be built. (AMH)
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, Curriculum Development, Global Approach, Interdisciplinary Approach, Material Development, Middle Schools, Modern Language Curriculum, Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education
Not available separately; see FL 012 044.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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