ERIC Number: ED238273
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
A Look at Our Profession: Common Concerns, Common Dreams.
An experienced teacher of English as a second language (ESL) laments the lack of dialogue between ESL and other foreign language teachers and outlines some of her concerns about the foreign language teaching profession, including the lack of strong linguistic theory to replace the earlier structural emphasis, unrealistic methodologies, incomplete teacher education, absence of collaboration with classroom teachers on research studies and textbook development, and a general lack of recognition of classroom teachers' efforts. Four emphases for the future of foreign language education are proposed: serious consideration, and adaptation where necessary, of the communicative or functional-notional approach; elevation of education courses and research to a position of greater respect in the university; study of the effects of learners' personality variables on language acquisition in order to match personality traits with teaching strategies; and greater responsiveness on the part of schools to the needs and aspirations of minority groups. A global approach to education, expanding and extending cultural pluralism, is seen as a way to help students understand. (MSE)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Educational Strategies, Language Teachers, Minority Groups, Notional Functional Syllabi, Personality Traits, Research Needs, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teaching (Occupation)
Not available separately; see FL 014 137.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (14th, Louisville, KY, April 22-24, 1982)