Why or Why Not Foreign Languages

Authors

  • Margaret L. Clark,

    1. University of Arkansas
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      Margaret L. Clark (Ed.D., University of Arkansas at Fayetteville) is Assistant Professor of French and Secondary Education at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

  • Marjorie H. Rudolph

    1. University of Arkansas
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      Marjorie H. Rudolph (MA, Middlebury College) is Assistant Professor of Russian at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.


Abstract

ABSTRACT This article describes the first of three public fora which were designed to give the general public the opportunity to air opinions, both pro and con, on the value of foreign languages in public school curricula. Held in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the fora were videotaped by the Arkansas Educational Television Network and shown statewide.

Expressions from newspaper readers and television viewers, as well as from forum participants, suggested that there is a general belief in the value of foreign language study in public schools and a desire to extend such study, with the recognition that many problems will have to be overcome in order to do so.

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