Languages

Florida Pushes Foreign Languages

Chancellor seeks greater focus on Chinese and Portuguese -- through online instruction -- to prepare students for global economy.

When Foreign Language Isn't Foreign

Vanessa Fonseca, now a graduate teaching assistant in the University of New Mexico’s Sabine Ulibarrí Spanish as a Heritage Language program, said it took her all of two minutes to figure out a non-heritage Spanish class she stumbled into as an undergraduate was not for her.

Distance Ed's New Market -- in Spanish

Reynaldo Pol, a coordinator of English as a second language courses for adults in a suburban Atlanta county, knows first-hand what issues language instructors in his corner of the world face. When he decided it was time to go back to school, Pol, a Cuban by birth who grew up in Puerto Rico and received his bachelor’s degree at Georgia’s Piedmont College, decided he wanted to look more broadly, beyond borders.

Sustaining "Sputnik Moments"

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

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

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

Impediments to U.S. Push on Languages

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

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

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

MLA Grades Spellings Commission

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

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