Foreign Language Annals

Foreign Language Annals is a quarterly journal that was founded in 1967. It is published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The journal is dedicated to the advancement of foreign language teaching and learning. It has a circulation of about 11,000 subscribers, most of whom are foreign language instructors. The publication is edited by Leslie L. Schrier with the help of managing editor, Jennifer Henriquez.

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 1, Spring

50th Anniversary Special Issue
-Noam Chomsky wrote, "Changes and progress very rarely are gifts from above. They come out of struggles from below." In this message, I would like to celebrate our professional successes and call attention to some of our continuing struggles. Concerning...
America's Languages: The Future of Language Advocacy
1 I INTRODUCTIONIn America, languages matter. In the America of the 21st century, this means that every child must have the opportunity to master English in order to fully participate in the economic and civic life of our nation; that every child who...
Creating a New Normal: Language Education for All
1I INTRODUCTIONWe are profoundly alarmed by what we have found: a serious deterioration in this country's language and research capacity, at a time when an increasingly hazardous international military, political, and economic environment is making unprecedented...
Digital Games and Language Teaching and Learning
1I INTRODUCTIONThe digital gaming industry has captured the public's attention worldwide and, in the United States alone, the video game industry is predicted to increase by 30% from 2010 to 2019, reaching $19.6 billion in revenue (Takahashi, 2015, n.p.)....
Expanding Boundaries: Current and New Directions in Study Abroad Research and Practice
1| INTRODUCTIONOur goal is to frame the main trends currently observed in different areas of study abroad (SA) research and practice and to point to future directions for the field in the 21st century; for that reason, the content of the article is forward-looking...
Foreign Language Education Policy on the Horizon
1 | INTRODUCTIONOn the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Foreign Language Annals, I was invited to share my thoughts on future directions in language policy.1 Language policy has developed into a major area of research, with several summary works that...
Future Directions in Assessment: Influences of Standards and Implications for Language Learning
1 I INTRODUCTIONIn the United States and around the world, education and assessment are now, unequivocally, standardsbased (Glisan, 2012; Llosa, 2011). In the 1980s and 1990s, "pressure for accountability from the government, taxpayers, and policymakers...
Grand Challenges and Great Potential in Foreign Language Teaching and Learning
1| INTRODUCTIONA curious truism is that innovations always lead the field long before the results, impacts, and implications of them can be understood. This was the case with moveable print (McLuhan, 1962), the automobile (Flink, 1990), and the mobile...
Heritage Language Education: A Proposal for the Next 50 Years
1 I INTRODUCTIONPredictions, in general, are fraught with risk. This is particularly so when it comes to heritage language studies (HLS), a relatively new field that is connected to factors as wide-ranging and variable as immigration, education, globalization,...
Immersive Technologies and Language Learning
1| INTRODUCTIONThe term immersion refers to the perception of being surrounded by a substance or liquid. Language specialists who employ the term in the metaphorical sense of being surrounded by language and culture are typically describing a kind of...
Language Education in Elementary Schools: Meeting the Needs of the Nation
1 I INTRODUCTIONLanguage teaching in the United States has often been subject to the ebbs and flows of social, political, and economic demands. Economic and political reasons help explain the growth in enrollments in Japanese courses during the Japanese...
Looking Ahead: Future Directions in, and Future Research into, Second Language Acquisition
1| INTRODUCTIONThe theme of the commemorative issue in which this article appears is about looking ahead. I have been invited to address this theme by identifying future directions in, and future research into, second language acquisition (SLA).11 happily...
Making a Difference: Language Teaching for Intercultural and International Dialogue
1I INTRODUCTIONIn 2010, then-U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan proclaimed, "To prosper economically and to improve relations with other countries Americans need to read, speak and understand other languages" (U.S. Department of Education, 2010,...
Moving toward Multiliteracies in Foreign Language Teaching: Past and Present Perspectives ... and Beyond
1| INTRODUCTIONIn recent years, literacy has emerged as a critical term in foreign language (FL) teaching and learning. This essay reflects on the history and future of literacy and FL teaching, in particular as reflected in the past 50 years of Foreign...
President's Message
For as long as I can remember throughout my career as a language educator, I have had to justify to parents, community groups, governing boards, and school and university administrators why languages should be learned and taught. I have had to actively...
Redesigning Technology Integration into World Language Education
1| INTRODUCTIONSince 2015, the Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center (Tech Center; http://lftic.lll.hawaii. edu/) has embarked on a mission to redesign technology integration and use in The Language Flagship program (http://www.thelanguageflagship.org)....
Researching Literacies and Textual Thinking in Collegiate Foreign Language Programs: Reflections and Recommendations
1 | LITERACIES AND TEXTUAL THINKINGFifty years ago, when Foreign Language Annals and the discipline of applied linguistics were in their infancy, collegiate foreign language (FL) teaching was witnessing a shiftaway from a long-standing focus on traditional...
Shaping the Vision for Service-Learning in Language Education
1 | INTRODUCTIONLanguage education has embraced community-based service-learning (CBSL) as an avenue for language and culture learning beyond the classroom, through authentic engagement (Hellebrandt, Arries, Varona, & Klein, 2003; Hellebrandt &...
Teacher Leadership and the Advancement of Teacher Agency
1 | INTRODUCTIONRecruiting new teachers, retaining novice and experienced teachers, providing ongoing professional development (PD) for in-service teachers, and preparing pre-service (PS) teachers are challenging issues in all academic content areas,...
Technology and the Future of Language Teaching
1I INTRODUCTIONWe are living in a time with unprecedented opportunities to communicate with others in authentic and compelling linguistically and culturally contextualized domains. In fact, language teachers today are faced with so many fascinating options...
The World Language Teacher Shortage: Taking a New Direction
1 | INTRODUCTIONIn fall 2017, the National Center for Educational Statistics (2017, p. 1) reported that approximately 50.7 million K-12 students entered U.S. public elementary and secondary schools. An additional 5.2 million students were expected to...
Why Haven't We Solved Instructed SLA? A Sociocognitive Account
1| INTRODUCTIONSince its inception in 1967, Foreign Language Annals has sought to "serve the professional interests of classroom instructors, researchers, and administrators" by publishing scholarly work with "clear and significant implications for foreign...
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