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Why do we teach languages at universities? Re-conceptualization of foreign language education

Kinoshita, Yuko; Zhang, Yanyin


Despite the public recognition of a skill shortage in foreign languages, the environment around foreign language education at Australian universities has been harsh. Many language programs are under financial pressure, and some have been closed. In our day-to-day operations, we language educators are challenged, implicitly and explicitly, by a deeply uncomfortable question: Should foreign languages be taught at universities? We believe the answer is ”Yes”, but our belief alone is not...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Conference paper
Source: Practices and Policies: Current Research in Languages and Cultures Education. Selected Proceedings of the Second National LCNAU Colloquium. Canberra, 3-5 July 2013
Access Rights: Open Access


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