ERIC Number: ED203720
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Meeting America's Language Needs: Foreign Language Teaching and Bilingual Education.
Castro, Raymond E.
One of 10 studies commissioned to investigate research needs and to stimulate planning activities, this paper claims that we know little about the language needs of all Americans, and argues that our real concern should be one of direction, not one of money. Although the need to communicate with the rest of the world has emerged as the most challenging educational policy issue of our day, educators at all levels still await direction concerning the future language needs of today's youth. It is also argued that, from the standpoint of policy, our approach to language learning has been unorganized and disconnected. It advocates that the National Institute of Education take the lead in exploring the policy implications of making foreign language and bilingual education part of a broader effort to prepare America for internationalization, and in a national experiment in strategic language planning. It is suggested that the following be addressed: (1) developments in business and commerce; (2) shifts in the role of government; (3) the role of educational systems and intermediate systems; (4) reshaping of language programs by other countries; (5) laws, administrative regulations, and practices, and (6) educational organizations in cooperation with public and private organizations. (Author/AMH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Council on Educational Research (NIE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at a meeting of the National Council on Education Research (Washington, DC, April 29, 1981).