ERIC Number: ED112671
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
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Foreign Languages: Don't Sell Them Short.
Warriner, Helen P.
Bulletin of the Modern Foreign Language Association of Virginia, v31 n3 p9-12 Sep 1975
This article, in the form of an interview, deals with the status and expected future of foreign language programs in the nations schools and colleges, and in particular, Virginia's. Despite hearsay, enrollment in foreign language has remained fairly constant in Virginia high schools. French and Spanish have the highest enrollments, followed by German, although French has lost more than 20 percent of its enrollment. Russian enrollment has not obvious pattern and Latin is declining. In colleges and universities, enrollments were noticeably affected by relaxation of language requirements, although many schools still maintain a language requirement for entrance. Negative reports about declining foreign language programs are overstated, mostly because of the decline in French in urban language programs, which are losing academically oriented students to the suburbs, and because of the priority on basic subjects. Changing trends in public attitudes and in business should affect foreign language study in a positive way, however. A growing spirit of nationalism in other countries is leading to increased use of language other than English for international business negotiations. Acceptance of languages other than English in the United States and improvement in the quality of instruction are also sources of encouragement. The article concludes with some advice to students and a brief discussion of the changes in recent years in FL teaching methodology and the challenges facing FL teachers today. (CLK)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Note: Reprint of an article in "Public Education in Virginia," v10 n4 p10-13 Win 1975