Applied Linguistics: Realities and Projections Re the Teaching Profession

  • Paul J. Angelis


The motivation for attempting a retrospective and projective view of applied linguistics with respect to language proficiency and the teaching profession, has, for me, been at least twofold. On the one hand, there is a professional perspective. By that I mean the actual work conducted by applied linguistics. What major and minor themes have been the focal points of research and general inquiry? What trends seem to have been developing in the directions for such work? At the same time, there is an organizational basis for such review. Here I refer to the formal establishment of associations and organizations. Why and how have applied linguists joined together in professional organizations? What prospects appear for the maintenance and growth of such organizations? The first of these issues touches on the seemingly age-old question of the nature and scope of applied linguistics. Admittedly, retrospection in this regard has often taken the form of introspection. Some would contend that constant attention to what activities are and can or should be encompassed within a field labelled “applied linguistics” detracts from participation in and dissemination of information on the work to be done. Such a commentary should not be dismissed lightly. There is value, nonetheless, in assessing the activities within applied linguistics because of the potential support that such reviews provide to the field, its participants, and its organizations. It can only provide needed recognition for work already accomplished and, by highlighting such activities, encourage more professionals to participate in a wider range of potential projects with a language base.


Foreign Language Prospective Teacher Language Proficiency Language Acquisition Language Teaching 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul J. Angelis
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  1. 1.Southern Illinois UniversityCarbondaleUSA

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