ERIC Number: ED320437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Foreign Language Instruction and Second Language Acquisition Research in the United States. NFLC Occasional Papers.
Ferguson, Charles; Heubner, Thom
Foreign language instruction and related research on second language acquisition in the United States can be understood only in the context of the role of English, of American education, and of speech and language research. Any part of an educational system is both a result of historical processes and a response to current needs and values. The following five aspects of the language situation in the United States are relevant to an understanding of foreign language teaching and learning: (1) the dominance of English in American life; (2) the scarcity of foreign language instruction in the public schools; (3) the four distinct language professions (foreign language teachers, bilingual specialists, English-as-a-Second-Language teachers, and English as a native language teachers); (4) language instruction outside the public schools, and (5) myths about language held by Americans. Second language acquisition (SLA) research has tended to be tied to either linguistics or psychology, applying the theoretical models from different contexts. More complex research designs and research programs on SLA, while difficult to manage, are necessary. (MSE)
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Educational Strategies, Language Attitudes, Language Research, Language Teachers, Learning Processes, Literature Reviews, Private Education, Public Schools, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
Cashier, National Foreign Language Center, 1619 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20036 ($3.00 including postage and handling; checks payable to NFLC).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Washington, DC. National Foreign Language Center.