ERIC Number: ED336995
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Foreign Language and International Studies: Past, Present, and Future.
Duncan, Gregory W.
In the first half of this century, language learning was considered essential in an individual's education, and language study was seen as improving native language comprehension and use, promoting higher levels skill development, and developing discipline. At the time, the training offered, generally in passive language skills, was appropriate for current needs. Today's world has a different alignment of power, military, social, and economic. Technological and communication advances now promote greater international interaction, and foreign language skills must be complemented with international knowledge. The United States has refused to acknowledge these changes and ignored the effects on international trade where other countries have taken concrete action. The school curriculum shows why the United States is not currently competitive. The future belongs to those countries that have technological knowledge, business acumen, and language and cultural skills. Every student in the country should be exposed to foreign languages and international studies at some level. Foreign language instruction should emphasize aural and oral skills first, and incorporate target culture awareness. International studies should be woven throughout the elementary and secondary school social studies curriculum. Such action would promote a highly knowledgeable citizenry. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: In: "Perspectives on Proficiency: Curriculum & Instruction. Dimension: Language '84-'85." (see FL 019 565). p83-88.