In this issue of SLR, Professor Anthony Lodge shows us how it can be done, by taking as his starting point an article that appeared in the 'Guardian' newspaper recently. In his response he makes some salient points about the difficulties facing language teachers in this country. Do you agree with his arguments? Do they raise other issues that should be brought to the attention of policy makers? We hope Professor Lodge's article may stimulate some debate - so why not write to us and make your views known!
Blame the teachers
In the crisis afflicting foreign-language teaching in the UK it now seems to be open season for scapegoats, the latest being language-teachers themselves (see for example John Bald’s article in the Education Guardian 21 Sept. 2004). Before dreaming up yet another quick fix, and before engaging in yet another bout of teacher bashing, education policy makers should stand back and view with a little detachment the situation of language teachers in the UK today, considering in particular just how adverse is the general intellectual climate in which teachers are now asked to operate. Real improvements in foreign-language teaching require not a quick fix, but some pretty radical shifts in attitude.
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