Languages

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.

So What Did You Learn in London?

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International educators stress the need for more research on which characteristics of study abroad programs promote student learning.

Overcoming Language Anxiety

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Learning a new tongue isn't easy, but some research suggests that a specific anxiety could be slowing students down.

A Different View of the Middle East

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Scholars who don't like direction of the field form new group, vowing not to be politicized. Others say the founders are exactly those who have politicized the discipline.

More Students, More Languages

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New Modern Language Association survey finds dramatic increases in study of Arabic, Chinese, and less commonly taught languages like Persian, while enrollments also climbed in the staples.

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