Academic journal article Foreign Language Annals

Editor's Message

Academic journal article Foreign Language Annals

Editor's Message

Article excerpt

''If you are not at the table, you are on the menu. . .''1

Writing my first column in the fall of 2009, I invited members of the language education community to offer comments on topics of interest to the readership of Foreign Language Annals. In this issue, James Sweigert offers his opinion on the status of foreign languages as an ''untested'' part of the K-12 curriculum in response to the blueprint for success proposed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (see http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/blueprint/ index.html).

Mr. Sweigert writes a cautionary essay focusing on the call by some in our profession for the participation of foreign languages as either a tested competency or core curricula area, implying that if it's tested, it's respected. However, his cautionary words are not new; they were first mentioned by June K. Phillips 15 years ago, when she warned that we have yet to have solid research on what classroom language learners should know and be able to do. She implied that our place at the adults' table of curricular standards needed to be secured if we were going to be respected and valued in the future. …

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