ERIC Number: ED318258
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
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The Past, Present, and Future of the Consortium and Foreign Language Instruction.
The proportion of active foreign language teachers working in cooperative or collaborative efforts is very small. Foreign languages have lagged behind other disciplines in this area. Consortia, or groups of postsecondary institutions agreeing to work together toward specific, long-range goals, date back to medieval times, but few have emerged over the course of educational history. Only since the 1960s has interinstitutional cooperation been widely undertaken, often for institutional survival. The consortium requires a different internal and external structure from that of member institutions, with loss of institutional sovereignty and conflict in member interests an early challenge. Advantages gained by the pooling of talents, resources, and facilities are substantial and can be applied in many administrative and academic areas. Encouragement of consortial grouping is growing around the country. In some consortia, languages are an important part of the group's activities. Individual institutions' strengths are developed and linked to provide full language services to all students; institutions coordinate efforts to attract funding for more advanced teaching technology; others use their combined forces to keep language and area studies alive when they are threatened. Consortia can help the language profession exploit the available resources and end the unproductive autonomous mindset. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Dimension: Languages 77. Proceedings of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (Orlando, FL, October 1977).