University of Pittsburgh) is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the State University of West Georgia, Carrollton.
From the Margins to the Mainstream: Foreign Language Education and Community-Based Learning
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1997 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 30, Issue 4, pages 485–491, December 1997
How to Cite
Overfield, D. M. (1997), From the Margins to the Mainstream: Foreign Language Education and Community-Based Learning. Foreign Language Annals, 30: 485–491. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1997.tb00855.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT There is a growing amount of research in language learning and general education that supports the idea that addressing the fifth goal of the National Standards–communities–in the language classroom can be an effective way of teaching the target language. In addition, situating foreign language education within the literal and metaphorical spaces of our communities serves to emphasize the relevance of foreign languages in the contemporary world. This article gives specific examples of how community-based learning (CBL) in the foreign language classroom addresses the issue of communicative competence.