ERIC Number: ED318228
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
What We Can't Say Can Hurt Us. A Call for Foreign Language Competence by the Year 2000.
American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Div. of International Education.
The new call to action on foreign language competence is addressed to administrators and academic officers of higher education institutions. Based on recent reports on education, it is proposed that American colleges and universities are not succeeding in equipping students to live and communicate in an international world, and that the problem can not be solved by foreign language departments alone. Focus and coordination are called for from leadership at the highest levels to produce and attain goals for foreign language competence by the year 2000. Recommendations for educational commitment and action address specific aspects of these general areas: providing continuity in language learning throughout the educational process; stressing language competence as a vital educational outcome; and providing institutional initiatives that will facilitate the language learning process for students and faculty. Common myths about language learning are outlined. Appended materials include a summary of information from recent reports concerning the current status of international and foreign language competence; and a collection of comments by policymakers in government, business, and education on the need for international and language competence. (MSE)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, International Relations, International Studies, International Trade, Language Proficiency, Second Language Learning
Office of International Education, American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, Washington, DC 20036 ($4.00; bulk rates available).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Div. of International Education.