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ERIC Number: EJ782277
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov-23
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Enrollments in Foreign-Language Courses Continue to Rise, MLA Survey Finds
Howard, Jennifer
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n13 pA13 Nov 2007
Enrollments in foreign-language courses at American colleges and universities have jumped 13 percent since 2002, with Arabic and Chinese showing the most-dramatic increases, according to a report released last week by the Modern Language Association. The number of students studying Arabic soared 126.5 percent between 2002 and 2006, while the number studying Chinese grew by more than 50 percent. Korean also rose in popularity, with a 37.1 percent rise in enrollments. Many of the survey's findings undercut the stereotype of "the tongue-tied American." In less-positive news, the survey found "dramatic" differences between enrollments in lower-level and upper-level courses, which has implications for how proficient today's language students are likely to become. In addition, the survey report states that "enrollments in language have fallen substantially in proportion to the expanding numbers of students."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States