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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



This work was originally published in The Edwardsville Intelligencer.



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