Peter Strevens (M.A., University of Cambridge) is a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and Director of the Bell Educational Trust.
From the Classroom to the World: From Student to Citizen, From Teacher to Educator*
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© 1978 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 11, Issue 4, pages 349–356, September 1978
How to Cite
Strevens, P. (1978), From the Classroom to the World: From Student to Citizen, From Teacher to Educator. Foreign Language Annals, 11: 349–356. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1978.tb00049.x
Paper delivered at the ACTFL/AATG Joint Meeting in San Francisco on 25 November 1977.
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ABSTRACT Written from the standpoint that foreign language education is both practically possible and of great importance for humanity, the article begins by making a distinction between three states of professional development: from instructor to teacher to educator. Next the paper discusses three types of change which currently affect language teachers: changed social needs and educational functions of foreign languages, changed expectations and attitudes on the part of students, changes of approach and methods. It is suggested that through a model of the language learning/teaching process the teacher can find illumination. After discussion of the elements of such a model, the author summarizes the requirements for optimum success: willing learners, skilled and cherishing teachers, a community that gives moral and administrative support, and a profession whose support includes disciplinary contributions and suitable training. These requirements provide the link between the classroom and the world.