ERIC Number: ED162497
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Rationale for Language Study. The Challenge of Communication. ACTFL Review of Foreign Language Education, Vol. 6.
Lippman, Jane N.
Enrollment trends and factors that influence foreign language study in colleges and universities are discussed. Most college foreign language programs have emphasized the study of literature and have not been committed to the training of teachers or the teaching of civilization or culture. It appears that students' concern about the job market and their future economic security affect their choice of courses. Foreign language teachers and their organizations need to reach out to the community in order to make the public aware of the values of studying languages. Traditional reasons for studying a foreign language are cited which are insufficient for choosing foreign language study instead of another subject. The ability to use a foreign language increases a person's capacity to communicate and should be justified on that basis. Language study helps the student appreciate culture, read literature without translation, and communicate with people in their language. Foreign language majors need to develop other skills in addition to linguistic talents for career purposes. Foreign languages in science, translating positions, and linguistic and conversational skills in business, diplomacy, and other occupations are discussed. (SW)
Descriptors: Career Opportunities, College Language Programs, College Second Language Programs, Communicative Competence (Languages), Cultural Education, Educational Benefits, Educational Needs, Educational Trends, Enrollment Trends, Higher Education, Language Attitudes, Language Enrollment, Language Instruction, Language Role, Language Skills, Second Language Learning, Student Attitudes
Not Available Separately; See FL 009 619
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York, NY.