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ERIC Number: EJ910356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2133
Where's the Community?
Jorge, Ethel
Hispania, v93 n1 p135-138 Mar 2010
It is gratifying to see that the two Modern Languages Association (MLA) reports, "Foreign Language and Higher Education: New Structures for a Changed World" and "Report to the Teagle Foundation on the Undergraduate Major in Language and Literature," address important issues regarding the improvement of language teaching in the increasingly interdependent world in which people live. The MLA's controversial recommendations, particularly regarding transforming two-tier foreign language departments, have generated several reactions. However, though the suggestions might be far-reaching for many institutions, the author believes they do not go far enough for a small liberal arts college such as Pitzer College. Although Pitzer is small and in many ways unique, it provides a useful example of what a state-of-the-art "broad, intellectually driven approach to teaching language and culture in higher education" (MLA, "Undergraduate Major" 234) should look like. In this article, the author explains why Pitzer's institutional context is particularly favorable for a creative experimental approach to language teaching. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California