ERIC Number: ED337000
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Targeting the Target Language: A Teacher Reflects.
Bradley, C. Lee
The language teaching profession should avoid discussing reasons to study a foreign language because the tendency is to invent shallow reasons. The deeper reasons for offering a language are derived from a general appreciation of the value of culture and education. Those are the lures that attracted teachers to the profession in the first place. Outlooks are limited by the perspectives expressed in any given language, and outlooks are correspondingly broadened by the additional perspectives offered by more than one language. The ultimate objective is to help students learn to succeed in communicating their ideas. It is a disservice to students to subject them to old teaching methods. Rather, teachers are obliged to make sure students learn well and find pleasure in the academic process. The cultural realities reflected in language are more important to learn than a series of linguistic exercises. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: "Perspectives on Proficiency: Curriculum & Instruction. Dimension: Language '84-'85." (see FL 019 565). p127-130.