ERIC Number: ED317048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of Foreign Languages in Developing the Resources of Illinois.
Hoegl, Juergen K.
Leaders in government and business are expressing a need for stronger programs in foreign language education that address national and state needs in defense, diplomacy, and commerce. The deterioration in foreign language capabilities in the United States results from declining participation in foreign language and cultural education. No concrete national or state action has been taken to respond effectively to this need. In Illinois, all areas of international business are realizing the need for employees who are proficient in foreign languages and knowledgeable of other cultures. The business community has responded to this need in two ways: 1) with the routine hiring of foreign nationals to manage transactions in the world market, and 2) by supporting their own foreign language programs. Foreign language proficiency plays an essential role in technology transfer and economic development. The American educational system provides less foreign language instruction than most educational systems, and surveys reveal that the public desires more opportunities to study foreign languages. The Illinois State Board of Education has shown support for foreign language education since 1978 through initiatives including a task force on and formulation of a state plan for foreign languages and international studies. Current state planning and action will be an extension, refinement, and update of these efforts in light of current needs. (MSE)
Descriptors: Cultural Education, Economic Development, Industry, International Trade, Language Proficiency, Language Role, Public Opinion, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Language Programs, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Technology Transfer
Language Learning Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, G70 Foreign Languages Building, 707 South Mathews, Urbana, Illinois 61801
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Language Learning Lab.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois