Languages

Sustaining "Sputnik Moments"

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Foreign language study in the United States has had many a “Sputnik moment,” as H. Jay Siskin, a French instructor at Cabrillo College, in California, put it -- that is, a moment that reveals an economic or military weakness and has been used as a call to arms to strengthen, among other things, language education.

New Strategy for Small Ph.D. Programs

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German doctoral programs at Chapel Hill and Duke hope to merge; experts see model that could be applied to many disciplines.

Going Borderless and Bilingual

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U. of Texas at El Paso's unique M.F.A. program expands into the online sector.

Impediments to U.S. Push on Languages

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Experts tell Senate panel that funding for foreign language study must grow and that emphasis on K-12 testing limits curricular innovation.

Languages Without Language Faculty

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Foundation's embrace of Drake's unusual approach raises question: Are there better ways to learn Spanish than with a Spanish professor?

New Approach to International Education

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Major improvements sought in federal programs to promote foreign languages and area studies.

MLA Grades Spellings Commission

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Panel faulted for ignoring humanities, urged to shun No Child Left Behind model, and praised for talking about standards.

Language Push for ROTC Students

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In new part of controversial effort, Pentagon selects 4 universities to train future officers in Arabic and other "strategic" languages.

Getting Rid of Expertise

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Why is Education Department replacing respected head of international efforts with someone inexperienced in the field?

Broader Vision for Languages

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MLA issues call to reform the undergraduate major, moving it beyond literary study and rethinking the traditional division of labor in teaching.

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