ERIC Number: EJ863109
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Curricular Planning along the Fault Line between Instrumental and Academic Agendas: A Response to the Report of the Modern Language Association on "Foreign Languages and Higher Education--New Structures for a Changed World"
Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, v42 n2 p115-122 Fall 2009
In calling for new governance structures and unified curricula, the MLA Report distinguishes between instrumental and constitutive views of language that characterize our often schizophrenic agendas of language acquisition on the one hand, and disciplinary knowledge on the other. This paper explores some common theoretical insights from the fields of language acquisition and cultural studies that interrogate these views, providing a basis for sustained collaboration around curricula among faculty on both sides of the divide. While these have already yielded the kinds of curricular innovations recommended by the Report, a case is made for more radical changes in hiring practices, distribution of teaching and service, reward structures, and graduate education--changes which have the capacity to transform the institutional values upon which they will also depend.
Descriptors: Graduate Study, Governance, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, College Faculty, Language Attitudes, Cultural Awareness, Cooperation, Educational Innovation, Personnel Selection, Language Teachers, Rewards, Educational Change
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