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Has the 2007 MLA report’s call to strengthen the demand for language competence been met?

3/15/2016
When: Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Where: MLA Conference
Austin, Texas 
United States
Contact: Johanna Watzinger-Tharp

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Ten Years after the 2007 MLA Report Part I: The Status and Influence of Languages within Colleges and Universities

 

In 2007, the MLA published  “Foreign Languages and Higher Education:  New Structures for a Changed World.”  Motivated in part by the post-9/11 “language deficit” crisis faced by the United States, the report sought to contextualize the academic structure in which foreign language and cultural studies are undertaken in this country, as well as the availability of a professoriate capable of meeting the instructional needs of a globalized society. 

 

In addition to its central recommendation of advancing translingual and transcultural competence through curricular integration, the report’s authors call on language departments to “strengthen the demand for language competence within the university”  (p. 7) and to raise the profile of languages through the promotion of study abroad, guest speakers lecturing in languages other than English, and so on.

 

This session invites presentations that detail how today’s foreign language departments and programs have responded to these recommendations. To what extent has the report’s call to strengthen the demand for language competence within institutions been met? How has the proliferation of language double majors affected language departments and programs? Do students perceive foreign language study to be a necessary and integral part of the university experience? How have language departments and programs responded to institution-wide initiatives related to, for example, assessment, general education, career preparation, community outreach, diversity, and internationalization to enhance the status of languages within their institutions and beyond?

 

Please send abstracts (maximum 200 words) to Johanna Watzinger-Tharp (j.tharp@utah.edu) by March 15, 2016. 

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