Class Struggle: language instruction


Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 12/30/2009

Foreign language teaching is becoming just Spanish

Most of the rest of the world has made great strides in improving English language instruction. Just because our mother tongue has become the leading language of international discourse doesn't mean we shouldn't be trying to make as many of our citizens as possible bilingual, at least.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:30 AM ET, 12/30/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jay on the Web | Tags:  Center for Applied Linguistics, decline of less popular languages, foreign language instruction, rise of Spanish

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 11/17/2009

Cutting elementary foreign language--often no big loss

Keep in mind the more exotic the language, the more it will impress parents, but the more exotic the language, the less likely the teaching will be very good.

By Jay Mathews  |  03:05 PM ET, 11/17/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jay on the Web | Tags:  Fairfax budget cuts, Key Elementary School Arlington, foreign languages, language instruction