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.

Hype vs. Reality in Arabic Enrollment Boom

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While numbers are up, instructors are in short supply, raising questions about the quality of instruction and viability of moving students to advanced levels.

Fewer English Jobs, More Language Jobs

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As MLA convention approaches and interviews loom, a mixed picture emerges for key humanities disciplines.

Transition to Bilingualism

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New Fairleigh Dickinson U. program doesn't require Korean students to excel in ESL before earning credits toward their degrees.

Das Ende for German at USC

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Scholars are outraged by Southern Cal's decision to eliminate department. Do European languages need to be cut to make more room for Arabic and Chinese?

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