ERIC Number: ED500460
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Reference Count: 6
Foreign Languages and Higher Education: New Structures for a Changed World
Modern Language Association
The Modern Language Association (MLA) supports a broad, intellectually driven approach to teaching language and culture in higher education. To study the best ways of implementing this approach in today's world, the MLA Executive Council established an Ad Hoc Committee on Foreign Languages. The committee was charged with examining the current language crisis that has occurred as a result of 9/11 and with considering the effects of this crisis on the teaching of foreign languages in colleges and universities. This summary of the committee's and the Executive Council's deliberations offers background and context for the association's recommendations regarding the challenges and opportunities facing language study in higher education. Among the recommendations are that the language major should be structured to produce a specific outcome: educated speakers who have deep translingual and transcultural competence. The kind of curricular reform suggested herein will situate language study in cultural, historical, geographic, and cross-cultural frames within the context of humanistic learning. While the recommendations address issues specific to the United States, they may be applicable to other contexts and countries.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Linguistics, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Cultural Education, Educational Strategies, Outcomes of Education, Educational Change, Curriculum Development, Semitic Languages, Linguistic Competence
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Modern Language Association of America, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: United States