ERIC Number: ED209949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Language Is the Medium, Culture Is the Message: Globalizing Foreign Languages.
Strasheim, Lorraine A.
The demand for cross-cultural understanding and a global approach to education can be met only by introducing culturally and globally oriented content into instruction across a spectrum of subjects. While each subject area defines its own contribution to enhancing awareness of other cultures and of the interconnectedness of learning and the world, foreign language teachers are in a unique position to focus on cultural studies. The introduction of a global element into the foreign language classroom is most effective when the teacher is in dialog with teachers of other subjects; this helps assure complementariness of instructional content. Emphasis on global education will enhance professional development, in that teachers will be active co-learners with their students and will require new skills. The direction in which education is headed, in conjunction with the need to fit in the global component, points to a complete revision of curricula and instructional materials over the next decade. The teachers who want to begin a global emphasis immediately can examine their approach to cultural education according to several criteria. (JB)
Descriptors: Cultural Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Global Approach, Material Development, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Improvement
Not available separately; see FL 012 676.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Omaha, NE, April 9-11, 1981).