Susan Rava (Ph.D., Washington University) is Senior Lecturer in French at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.
The Changing Face of the Intermediate Language Curriculum1
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 2000 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 33, Issue 3, pages 342–348, May 2000
How to Cite
Rava, S. (2000), The Changing Face of the Intermediate Language Curriculum. Foreign Language Annals, 33: 342–348. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2000.tb00611.x
A version of this article was presented at the American Association Teachers of French Conference in Lyons, France in July 1996.
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
Abstract: Foreign language departments in institutions of higher education historically have faced a dilemma in formulating their intermediate curricula: How can they balance the needs of students completing language requirements with the needs of students preparing for advanced language or literature studies? This article calls for instructors and departments to pioneer in changing the intermediate language curriculum. The article represents an appeal for action and lays out guiding principles for change. The article will first examine today's foreign language teaching climate, especially as it affects the intermediate curriculum in higher education. It will then propose and explicate five curriculum guidelines that, when used together, meet the challenges posed by a changing academic environment.