Spanish

Not So Foreign Languages

Citing demographic and pedagogic trends, growing number of colleges rename departments "world" or "modern" languages.

English Jobs Hold Steady

As interview season arrives, MLA releases job figures that encourage some, but leave others anxious.

Radical Change for Tenure

MLA panel outlines plan to end monograph "fetishization," create agreements between departments and new hires, and rethink evaluation process.

Rethinking Tenure -- and Much More

MLA's new analysis has potentially dramatic implications for graduate education, hiring, promotion, scholarship, publishing and technology.

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.

Evolving Language Job Market

Outlook for English positions holds steady, while in foreign languages, Spanish loses some of its dominance.

Race and Careers

English and language professors consider how who they are affects their jobs -- and who gets hired for which positions.

Rallying and Quibbling on Tenure Plan

MLA proposal to change how professors are hired and promoted draws generally strong support -- and some objections on details.

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.

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