USA: Fewer elementary schools teach foreign languages

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at
Fri Mar 6 21:43:30 UTC 2009

 Forwarded From:  edling at


Report: Fewer elementary schools teach foreign languages

Just one in four elementary schools offered foreign-language classes
last year, in part because of NCLB, a trend likely to continue as more
programs are cut amid the economic crisis. That's troubling because it
could put U.S. children even further behind students in other
countries, says Robert Slater, who directs the Defense Department's
National Security Education Program.

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

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