Publications and Research

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-5-2016

Abstract

Despite much talk about the importance of globalization,

the very places where most people in

the U.S. learn foreign languages – colleges and universities

– are offering fewer and fewer courses in

them. In a report published last year by the Modern

Languages Association (MLA), statistics show that

for the first time since 1995 we are seeing a drop

in enrollment in courses in all major European languages,

including Spanish. And the drop is significant:

6.7 percent overall since 2009 after increasing

steadily since 1995.

Spanish, the most studied language in colleges

and universities (more than all other languages

combined), took a big hit with an 8.2 percent

decrease since 2009, despite the fact that more diversified

Spanish courses for specialized areas such as

nursing, teaching and law enforcement have been

added.

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