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ERIC Number: EJ854582
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0005-3503
Looking Forward--Looking Back: A Personal Perspective
Ingram, David
Babel, v38 n3 p4-15, 38 Sum 2003-2004
In this paper, the author looks back over some 43 years of involvement in language teaching and examines the progress educators have made as a profession. He also considers their present situation, given a Federal Government, which, at least until this year, has seemed antipathetic to languages education, and State and Territory Governments which, for the most part, have been all too willing to use this lack of Federal leadership to excuse their own relative inaction in the area of languages education. This lack of leadership at the political level has resulted in the regression of languages education almost to the point where it was two decades ago. Community attitudes towards language teaching have been further aggravated by the feverish eagerness with which, over the last six years, some politicians have grasped at racism--towards Aboriginals, Asians, and refugees--in order to win electoral favour. He also considers what the future might hold for languages education and how they, as a profession, might respond to the present challenges.
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations. Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. Tel: +61-29351-2022; e-mail:; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Cambodia