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ERIC Number: ED598293
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 143
Abstractor: ERIC
Making Connections: From the Classroom to the World Beyond. Selected Papers From the 2004 Central States Conference
Di Donato, Robert, Ed.; Humbach, Nancy A., Ed.
Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
The title, "Making Connections: From the Classroom to the World Beyond", underscores one of the basic principles of language teaching echoed in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) "Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century". Teachers are constantly making connections in their language classes: to their students, to the curriculum, to other cultures, to teaching practices, to other disciplines, and to the global community. These connections are based on an infrastructure of language teaching and learning that involves research, theory, classroom practice, activities, and events. Over the past fifty years the profession has undergone enormous changes brought about by new research in second language acquisition as well as new directions in language teaching and learning. Once isolated from other disciplines, world languages now reaches out to them and incorporates them into the curriculum and into daily classroom activities. Furthermore, e-mail and the internet have added vast new dimensions to language teaching repertoire, enabling teachers to reach out to the global community in ways they were unable to previously. The articles are divided in sections that reflect and elaborate on the concept of making connections: (1) Making Connections to Program; (2) Making Connections to Research; (3) Making Connections to the Classroom; and (4) Making Connections to the Classroom and Beyond.
Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. 239 Tonkin Drive, Ishpeming, MI 49849. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL)
Identifiers - Location: Nebraska
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A