The Numbers Speak: Foreign Language Requirements Are a Waste of Time and Money The average high school graduate spends two years studying a foreign language.
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When Yale was founded, students were supposed to converse only in Latin — even in dorms.
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National Standards for Foreign Language Education | American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages A Collaborative Project of ACTFL, AATF, AATG, AATI, AATSP, ACL, ACTR, CLASS and NCJLT-ATJ With the help of a three-year grant from the US Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Humanities, an eleven-member task force, representing a variety of languages, levels of instruction, program models, and geographic regions, undertook the task of defining content standards — what students should know and be able to do — in foreign language education. The final document, Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century, first published in 1996, represents an unprecedented consensus among educators, business leaders, government, and the community on the definition and role of foreign language instruction in American education.
Why Study a Foreign Language? - WSU Foreign Languages & Cultures The world is full of languages
Should foreign language courses be added to the U.S. elementary curriculum
National Standards for Foreign Language Education | American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages
Michigan Radio Michigan high schools currently require students to take foreign language in grades nine through twelve. Well, that might change soon.
In an op-ed piece entitled “What You (Really) Need to Know,” published in the New York Times in January 2012, Lawrence Summers, former president of Harvard University and former secretary of the Treasury, calls on universities to reduce the substantial investments made to teach students foreign languages. Is Learning a Foreign Language a Waste of Time? | GeoCurrents
By David ThomasUPDATED: 18:01 GMT, 23 January 2012 My roots read like a World Cup draw. My half-Welsh father was born and spent his boyhood in Argentina and thus speaks Spanish almost as naturally as English. My mother’s family are Norwegian. Why do the English need to speak a foreign language when foreigners all speak English?
Should Students Be Required to Learn a Foreign Language to Graduate?