[Edling] Is fluency the goal of language learning?

Francis Hult francis.hult at englund.lu.se
Sat May 16 12:09:36 UTC 2015

The Hill

Is fluency the goal of language learning?

“What good is a foreign language?” is a question many college administrators are asking these days.

The Modern Languages Association reported recently that foreign languages enrollments have decreased by 6.9 percent since 2009.

Language departments are often the first cut in a budget crisis, and many universities have lowered or even eliminated foreign language requirements.

Nonetheless, some states are working to encourage students to learn languages at the high school level. Indiana is the most recent state to consider a bill that would allow students to earn a “biliteracy” designation on their diploma.

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