Two or Four Years of a Foreign Language Requirement?

The Debate Over Foreign Language Requirements Continues, Minnesota Daily, June 4, 2008.

            Fact: college students enrolling in two years of college level foreign language courses are up 25 percent from 2002 to 2006.  Unfortunate fact: college students at the end of the two years cannot even speak the language at an elementary level.  The point of a liberal arts education is to reach a minimum level of competence.  Ultimately, should universities require four years of foreign language or drop the classes all together.  Bottom line, it comes down to the student, do you want to really speak Spanish or not.  ¿Comprende?

 

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