In this memorial volume for A. Ronald Walton, cutting-edge scholars interrelate two normally separate domains: the formation of language policy and the improvement of language teaching. Bernard Spolsky, Elana Shohamy, Joshua Fishman, and Kees de Bot address theoretical aspects of national language policy. John Trim relates the historical development of the Council of Europe's international language policy. Richard Lambert, Ronald Walton, Richard Brecht, and Xueying Wang deal with structural issues in language instruction in the United States. Eleanor Jorden, Galal Walker, Myriam Met, and Gilbert Merkx discuss the special problems of providing instruction in the non-Western languages. And Michael Long, Ross Steele, Ralph Ginsberg and Laura Miller are concerned with specific pedagogical issues: task-based language teaching, the role of culture in language instruction, and what is learned during study abroad. These articles stand both as definitive statements on their individual topics and, taken together, as a fresh amalgamation of policy and pedagogy.
1. Introduction (by Lambert, Richard D.); 2. Language Practice, Language Ideology, and Language Policy (by Spolsky, Bernard); 3. The Status Agenda in Corpus Planning (by Fishman, Joshua A.); 4. The Way Ahead: European Recommendations for Language Teaching Policy Development into the Next Century (by Trim, John L.M.); 5. The Winds of Change in Foreign Language Instruction (by Lambert, Richard D.); 6. Foreign Language and Area Studies through Title VI: Assessing Supply and Demand (by Merkx, Gilbert); 7. System III: The Future of Language Learning in the United States (by Brecht, Richard D.); 8. An Early Start for Foreign Languages (but Not English) in the Netherlands (by Bot, Kees de); 9. Elementary School Immersion in Less Commonly Taught Languages (by Met, Myriam); 10. Forging a Link: Tapping the National Heritage Language Resources in The United States (by Wang, Xue-Ying); 11. Focus on Form in Task-Based Language Teaching (by Long, Mike); 12. Language Learning and Intercultural Competence (by Steele, Ross); 13. Acquired Culture in the Japanese Language Classroom (by Jorden, Eleanor H.); 14. Performed Culture: Learning to Participate in Another Culture (by Walker, Galal); 15. What Do They Do?: Activities of Students during Study Abroad (by Ginsberg, Ralph B.); 16. Contributors; 17. Subject Index