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(By Julie Zhu)
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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Dear Extra Credit:

I could not agree more with Cassandra Rosado ["Proper Grammar Is Not a Prerequisite for AP English," March 12] about not needing a foreign language class in high school. My son is in Spanish 2 and has never had an aptitude for languages. He spends more time at home doing Spanish homework than he spends on all of his other classes combined. How about offering a conversational language course of one year that would meet the foreign language requirement? Currently they spend a great deal of time writing and reading in Spanish, two things that I certainly do not see him doing in the real world.

Stephen McHale


Your idea has potential, but such a course requires just as much concentration as a reading and writing class, and maybe even more during class time.

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