Keywords

liberal arts, higher education, interaction, foreign language, English

Abstract

This essay shares some thoughts about the need for interaction between foreign language instructors and English teachers, both in high schools and at the university level. As a foreign language teacher for the past nine years (the last four in a liberal arts college), I have encountered several problems and difficulties that could be overcome, I believe, if English, Writing, and Foreign Language departments addressed them together. I do not claim to be able to give definite answers, since many pedagogical concepts concerting L2 acquisition/learning and their possible application to writing programs remain misunderstood or are presently debated by teacher and scholars alike. I merely wish to offer the results of three interesting years of informal talks with colleagues in other disciplines, all of whom are interested in trying to find a better means of promoting effective writing.

Original Publication Citation

"Teaching in a Liberal Arts College: How Foreign Language Courses Contribute to 'Writing Across the Curriculum' Programs," MLJ, The Modern Language Journal, 74 (Spring 1990), 28-35.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

1990

Publisher

The Modern Language Journal

Language

English

College

Humanities

Department

French and Italian

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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