Merde -- My AP French Exam Won't Let Me Answer

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The College Board is apologizing and promising an investigation of why students taking this week's Advanced Placement examination in French language were given a recording that didn't work properly for the listening portion of the test.

The relevant questions will not be used for scoring students' exams, so the College Board says that there is nothing to worry about for students, but some counselors say that their students were seriously confused by the incident and that more needs to be done to make up for the malfunction.

An Ethics First

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Linguistics society agrees on statement on appropriate research practices. Emphasis is on issues raised in studies of endangered languages.

Auf Wiedersehen

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German programs are finding themselves on the chopping block -- leaving language scholars frustrated.

Adios to Spanish 101 Classroom

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is moving introductory Spanish courses completely online. Some students are worried, but department officials are not.

Russia(n) Is Back

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Whether it's Putin or Pushkin, student interest is sending language enrollments to levels unheard of since the Cold War.

Translation Takes Center Stage

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MLA's president, a scholar of French and a translator, discusses trends that will be explored at the association's annual meeting.

How to Thrive (or Survive)

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Foreign language chairs consider strategies to bolster departments' standing -- and minimize cuts. For many, key issue is demonstrating relevance to people outside the humanities.

MLA Meeting That 'Never Was Nor Will Be'

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The "MLA 2010 Mankini" is one of the creations for the Modern Language Association meeting that "never was nor will be."

The association's December 2009 meeting was the last one to be held between Christmas and New Year's Day. The MLA doesn't reconvene until January 2011 in Los Angeles, leaving 2010 as the year without an MLA meeting. Horrors!

Some unknown scholars have created an MLA 2010 Web page that clearly differentiates it from most of those at the real meetings with these three bullets:

Outsourcing Language Learning

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A decade after Drake U. pioneered system favoring native speakers over traditional faculty, a few other colleges are trying the approach and the university is taking its concept online.

State of Humanities Departments

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Major study documents reliance on those off the tenure track, the favorable ratios of tenure decisions, the dominance of publications in those decisions, the popularity of minors and majors, and more.


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