Goodbye languages.....who needs to be bilingual anyway?

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-31-2002
Goodbye languages.....who needs to be bilingual anyway?
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Wed, 12-15-2010 - 7:34am

Times tight with money?

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Registered: 12-31-2002

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iVillage Member
Registered: 06-06-2002

I think it's quite sad that languages are being cut.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-06-2010
That's very sad.

All schools here teach English from at least elementary school onwards. Some schools now also have Mandarin classes. My nephew has studied Mandarin since elementary school and will continue with it until he graduates from HS. The school offers Italian classes, but as an extra-curricular activity.

When I was in high school I did 2 years of German as I was in the Science track. Those who did social studies had to study French.

A few universities, especially the public ones, offer a handful of foreign languages but I don't know how popular it is these days.

This week the debate on The Economist is whether the language shapes the way we think: http://www.economist.com/debate/overview/190
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-15-2009
Interesting topic! When I was in high school, the languages offered were French, Spanish, German, Latin, and Japanese. There was talk about adding Russian at some point, but I don't think they had anyone fluent in the language to teach it. I should look and see if these languages are still on the curriculum. Japanese was new, and there was only one teacher qualified to teach it. He was older and I'm sure he's retired by now. I think foreign language study is very important. I'd much rather see a cut in the football budget. A local high school spent tens of thousands of dollars last year on astroturf for their indoor field house. I can't help but think that money could have been better used elsewhere.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-31-2002

When I went to school our system only offered French & Spanish.