Creating a new normal: Language education for all

Creating a new normal: Language education for all INTRODUCTIONWe are profoundly alarmed by what we have found: a serious deterioration in this country's language and research capacity, at a time when an increasingly hazardous international military, political, and economic environment is making unprecedented demands on America's resources, intellectual capacity, and public sensitivity… . Nothing less is at issue than the nation's security. At a time when the resurgent forces of nationalism and of ethnic and linguistic consciousness so directly affect global realities, the United States requires far more reliable capacities to communicate with its allies, analyze the behavior of potential adversaries, and earn the trust and sympathies of the uncommitted. Yet, there is a widening gap between these needs and the American competence to understand and deal successfully with other peoples in a world of flux. (Perkins, , p. 11)While this statement eerily applies to the current situation in the United States, it was actually written as part of a 1979 President's Commission on Foreign Language and International Studies report under President Jimmy Carter, Strength Through Wisdom: A Critique of U.S. Capability (see Perkins, ). Although language educators have made some significant strides in the last few decades, there is no dispute that there is a long http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Foreign Language Annals Wiley

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Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
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© 2018 by American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
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0015-718X
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1944-9720
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10.1111/flan.12310
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INTRODUCTIONWe are profoundly alarmed by what we have found: a serious deterioration in this country's language and research capacity, at a time when an increasingly hazardous international military, political, and economic environment is making unprecedented demands on America's resources, intellectual capacity, and public sensitivity… . Nothing less is at issue than the nation's security. At a time when the resurgent forces of nationalism and of ethnic and linguistic consciousness so directly affect global realities, the United States requires far more reliable capacities to communicate with its allies, analyze the behavior of potential adversaries, and earn the trust and sympathies of the uncommitted. Yet, there is a widening gap between these needs and the American competence to understand and deal successfully with other peoples in a world of flux. (Perkins, , p. 11)While this statement eerily applies to the current situation in the United States, it was actually written as part of a 1979 President's Commission on Foreign Language and International Studies report under President Jimmy Carter, Strength Through Wisdom: A Critique of U.S. Capability (see Perkins, ). Although language educators have made some significant strides in the last few decades, there is no dispute that there is a long

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Foreign Language AnnalsWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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