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ERIC Number: ED129066
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Foreign Language Course Registrations and Student Contact Hours in Institutions of Higher Education, Fall 1972 and Summer 1973. Final Report.
Brod, Richard I.
This report is based on a questionnaire survey of all two-year and four-year colleges in the United States listed in the 1972-73 "Education Directory" (Part 3, Higher Education). Registrars at 2,614 institutions replied to the questionnaire; 2,419 reported registrations in one or more foreign languages. The fall 1972 survey shows a decline of 9.2% in total foreign language registrations between 1970, the year of the last previous investigation conducted by the MLA, and 1972. Registrations declined in French, German, Italian, Latin and Spanish, but increased slightly in Russian and significantly in Ancient Greek and a number of the so-called "other" or less commonly taught languages. Spanish continues to be the leading language in U.S. colleges, having displaced French from this position in 1970. The totals for summer 1973 show an estimated decline of 11.6% from the overall total of foreign language registrations recorded in the summer of 1971. The report consists of an introduction, 24 tables, and an institutional directory. The tables present summary data, by region and state, for the seven most commonly taught languages and for the aggregate of "other" languages, as well as detailed comparative figures from surveys undertaken in 1960, 1968 and 1970. (CHK)
Descriptors: College Language Programs, Enrollment, Enrollment Rate, French, German, Greek, Higher Education, Italian, Language Enrollment, Language Instruction, Latin, Modern Languages, National Surveys, Russian, School Surveys, Second Language Learning, Second Languages, Spanish, Statistical Data, Uncommonly Taught Languages
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute of International Studies (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Modern Language Association of America, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: National Defense Education Act Title VI