50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL ISSUE—Noam Chomsky wrote, “Changes and progress very rarely are gifts from above. They come out of struggles from below.” In this message, I would like to celebrate our professional successes and call attention to some of our continuing struggles. Concerning the former, a review of the articles that have been published in Foreign Language Annals over the last 50 years demonstrates that we have made measurable and significant progress toward providing learners with the most meaningful, rich, and rewarding learning experiences. However, the retrospective electronic collections, available on both the journal and the ACTFL Web sites, also demonstrate that we have been less successful, despite our struggles, in resolving other challenges. As we look to the journal's next 50 years, I would like to share four key challenges that merit sustained and focused attention.ADVOCACY AND POLICYArticles in the retrospective electronic collection trace our changing understanding of the humanistic, cognitive, and professional benefits of language learning. However, the core challenge remains: How can we engage the hearts and minds of the American public, including national and state departments of education and legislators as well as local school boards, administrators, parents, and learners so as to help them
Foreign Language Annals – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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