No Surprise: Chinese, Japanese and Arabic on the Rise

(Photo courtesy of  U.S. DoS) The traditional foreign language offerings, Spanish and French, are still leading the numbers among high schoolers enrolled in each courses. However, some Eastern languages are slowly grabbing their bigger piece of the pie. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages reported that Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Arabic are being offered … Continue reading

Arabic: Making it Mandatory?

(Photo courtesy of Yael) Forget just making foreign language credit mandatory, Mansfield ISD in Texas is making Arabic classes mandatory. Or at least they tried. Protesting parents have put the plan to a temporary halt. The proposed 2012 Arabic course offering is due to a $1.3 million Foreign Language Assistance Program grant from the Department of Education … Continue reading

Are we teaching the wrong languages?

(Image courtesy of  Marcus Koljonen) In a recent editorial in the WSJ, John McWhorter, a French major, argues that we are stuck in the past, teaching languages that are no longer useful to today’s students, who are of course the future of our nation.  Mr. McWhorter makes three points in his argument: 1. Chinese and Arabic first, … Continue reading