Sunday, January 24, 2010

Foreign Languages Fade in Class — Except Chinese

Foreign Languages Fade in Class — Except Chinese By SAM DILLON, NYTimes

WASHINGTON — Thousands of public schools stopped teaching foreign languages in the last decade, according to a government-financed survey — dismal news for a nation that needs more linguists to conduct its global business and diplomacy. But another contrary trend has educators and policy makers abuzz: a rush by schools in all parts of America to offer instruction in Chinese.

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