ERIC Number: ED364108
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Dec-4
Professionalizing African Language Teaching in the United States: Meeting the "America 2000" Initiative at Title VI African Studies Centers.
Kuntz, Patricia S.
A discussion of African language teaching in the United States argues that the profession of African language instruction is in its infancy, without a common body of knowledge, generally accepted standards of practice, or specific goals, and that it needs further development, based on earlier federal legislative mandates. It is further proposed that this process of professionalization follow a timeline, presented here, that parallels the Department of Education's reform initiative, "America 2000." An introductory section offers background information on the evolution of federal support for African studies in higher education, from the National Defense Education Act of 1958 to the present, and describes the marginalized status of African language teaching. A long-term national plan for African language teacher education, language classification, curriculum development and articulation, objectives and criteria for student assessment, establishment of teacher certification standards, research and information dissemination, and involvement of ethnic communities, is outlined. Appended materials, which comprise the bulk of the document, include data on African language instruction and area studies, state and federal support for African and other language instruction, grants, other resources, common concerns and student comments about African language instruction, federal language school proficiency requirements, teacher training and employment, curriculum design, and teacher certification. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: National Defense Education Act Title VI