Audrey L. Heining-Boynton (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is Assistant Professor of Education and Romance Languages at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Using FLES History to Plan for the Present and Future
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1990 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 23, Issue 6, pages 503–510, December 1990
How to Cite
Heining-Boynton, A. L. (1990), Using FLES History to Plan for the Present and Future. Foreign Language Annals, 23: 503–510. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1990.tb00416.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT All too often in education “new” programs are planned without thoroughly investigating what was done in the past. By examining earlier FLES efforts, curriculum planners can put to good use what was learned from FLES of the fifties and sixties.
This articles looks at the history of FLES in the United States. Besides the usually-quoted reasons of 1) lack of money, 2) return to the basics, and 3) xenophobia on the part of Americans, six other important and recurring reasons for the decline of FLES in the fifties and sixties are explored. Based on these reasons, a checklist has been developed for new and existing programs to use as a means of self evaluation.