Foreign language study helps high school students gain admission to colleges and universities, but should it also exempt from them from such study once admitted? An ongoing curricular debate at the University of Pittsburgh — in which about half the faculty seem to want to raise the standard for foreign language study and half want.. read more →

A new study from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) finds the United States trailing other developed nations throughout the world in the number of citizens with fluency in multiple languages. Of the 20% of American citizens who can speak at least two languages, only half can speak both at advanced levels, and.. read more →

Health equity for underserved Latino and immigrant populations will be broadened at the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden, which has received a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s International and Foreign Language office to strengthen Spanish language skills among students and faculty.The grant will allow the Rutgers University-Camden nursing school to enhance its Learning.. read more →

One in four seniors in the School of Foreign Service has declared a foreign language minor since the SFS began recognizing foreign language minors this fall, with Arabic, Chinese, French and Spanish language courses remaining the most popular choices among students. Eighty-six out of about 350 students in the Class of 2017 have formally submitted minor.. read more →

The U.S. Department of Education announced today the award of more than $71 million in new and non-competing continuation grants to help strengthen the capacity and performance of American education in world languages, cultural understanding, area and international studies, and research The grants are under the Fulbright-Hays Act, also known at the Mutual Educational and Cultural.. read more →

After years of studying Quechua, Américo Mendoza Mori moved to Cusco to fully immerse himself in the language. And while he enrolled in a course and worked with a tutor, he couldn’t find anyone willing to speak the language with him outside of the classroom. Fast forward a few years and Mendoza Mori found himself in.. read more →

Many students who have access to international experiences during higher education don’t realise their value until after they have graduated, according to a recent survey. Study abroad, overseas internships, language courses and intercultural exchanges are all overlooked by students during their studies, it found. But in the survey of more than 1,000 graduates, commissioned by Kaplan, three-quarters said.. read more →

Students with regional accents ‘ridiculed and silenced’ Students with regional accents face ridicule and feel marginalised in UK universities, a conference has heard. The annual conference of access charity The Brilliant Club, held in Stoke-on-Trent, England, heard that prejudice towards people with strong accents is the last “acceptable form” of discrimination, and that universities should do.. read more →

Humanities the soul of the university (Opinion) It’s a global trend. Humanities student numbers are declining worldwide. Some are describing it as a crisis. In part, you can attribute the change to the cost of education and a flawed perception that humanities graduates with a BA will struggle for work. It is also part of the worldwide governmental ideology that ties any.. read more →

05 Dec 2013
December 5, 2013

Two and a half languages

On Monday, Paul Phillips wrote an article for The Daily Princetonian on discrepancies in proficiency for students in introductory language classes at Princeton. Faculty in various language departments generally viewed such discrepancies as largely inconsequential in regard to issues of fairness in grading and course rigor. I have yet to take a foreign language course here.. read more →