Languages

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.

Turning Off the Lights

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What's it like to be a liberal arts college's last classicist -- a one-person department a college decides it can live without?

A Strategic Leap Online

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Middlebury College has been known for years for immersion-based language instruction and liberal arts education. So when the college announced on Wednesday that it is partnering with a for-profit company to build an online language program aimed at middle- and high-school students, it raised some eyebrows.

Left Out of Gen Ed

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When colleges and universities revamp curricular requirements, disciplines can become winners or losers. Those fields that are required (or that have many courses that meet requirements) enjoy assured enrollments. So when a college votes down a foreign language requirement, as faculty members did last year in the arts and sciences college of George Washington University, that can be a blow to those who teach languages.

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