Academic journal article Foreign Language Annals

Moving Forward, Looking Back! 50 Years of Progress

Academic journal article Foreign Language Annals

Moving Forward, Looking Back! 50 Years of Progress

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As many of you know, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Foreign Language Annals. In reviewing the titles of articles from the first two issues of FLA, I am struck by how much progress our field has made in our research agenda and by how much we still have ahead of us.

The first few articles in 1967 included Levy's discussion of the role of Latin in the foreign language curriculum, Valette's study of how to improve language laboratories, and Gaarder's entreaty to move beyond grammar and drills. Other articles included the oftcited Carroll study about language outcomes for foreign language majors and Hays, Lambert, and Tucker's evaluation of foreign language programs. Today, Latin is thriving in the world languages curriculum, and we still cite Carroll's excellent study. In examining the titles from 1967 to the present, we can see how our field has supported our emphasis on meaningful communication, made great strides in both the quantity and quality of study abroad programs, and developed assessments that allow us to evaluate our programs and show our learners how they have progressed. …

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