Saturday, 08 January
433. The Biggest Piece in the Puzzle: Community Colleges and the Transformation of Language Teaching
8:30–9:45 a.m., 404B, LA Convention Center
Program arranged by the MLA Committee on Community Colleges
Presiding: Falk Cammin, Foothill Coll., CA
Speakers: Falk Cammin; Bette G. Hirsch, Cabrillo Coll., CA; Claire J. Kramsch, Univ. of California, Berkeley; David Forrest Stout, Portland Community Coll., OR
The 2007 MLA Ad Hoc Committee on Foreign Languages report, “Foreign Languages and Higher Education: New Structures for a Changed World,” proposed new approaches to meeting the crisis facing foreign language instruction in colleges and universities. But the report fails to address the role that community colleges play in the landscape of higher education in the United States. This panel explores pedagogical and interinstitutional issues raised by the recommendations of the report and asks how the proposed shift in foreign language teaching will alter the traditional relation between community colleges and four-year institutions.