ERIC Number: EJ872640
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
A Reaction to the 2007 MLA Report
Bernhardt, Elizabeth B.
Reading in a Foreign Language, v22 suppl 1 p1-4 Jan 2010
Mortimer Adler and Charles van Doren wisely remind in "How to Read a Book" (1972) that readers must come to terms with an author "before" beginning the interpretation process. Following this logic, the first question that should be posed about "Foreign Languages and Higher Education: New Structures for a Changed World" by MLA Ad Hoc Committee on Foreign Languages (2007) is what its prose contains concretely and directly. The author's answer to this question is: (1) that there is a continuing and urgent need for more language knowledge on the part of the American citizenry; (2) there are structural issues in the delivery system that impede the gaining of more knowledge; and (3) there are curricular gaps that the current infrastructure, namely colleges and universities, has not perceived, let alone filled. In other words, the statement contains a discussion of a "need" (more language knowledge) and a two part analysis of what "exacerbates that need" (structure and curriculum). "Foreign Languages and Higher Education: New Structures for a Changed World" then moves to a two-part solution: (1) balanced and less-hierarchically organized communication within language and literature departments; and (2) the addition of non-literary reading, listening, and viewing materials to the curriculum.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Second Languages, College Faculty, Language Teachers, Reading, Literature
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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