Friday, March 24, 2006

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Arabic Language Online?

The most widely studied foreign language in American colleges and universities is Spanish. Yet, the Modern Language Association reports that the number of students studying Arabic has gone up 92.3% — to 10,584 — between 1998 and 2002. The number of colleges teaching Arabic has also increased by 48%. Since there are many dialects of Arabic it’s difficult for teachers to select the appropriate one to teach. Students need to concentrate on the area they need. Right now the Arabic dialect of Iraq (LA Times, Free Subscription) is popular but other versions are just as important.
Arabic is considered a crucial language for national security reasons . But of course, learning the language is valuable for other reasons.
Through cooperation between the University of California and Brigham Young University online classes in Arabic will be offered this fall. other schools already teach languages online. First semester Italian is available online at San Francisco City College. Allan Hancock College teaches first, second, and third semester Italian online. More information on language courses online is available at California Virtual University.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Monolingualism in Colorado?

If at first you don’t succeed, try again. In 2002 Colorado voters rejected an initiative to eliminate bilingual education from public schools. Now another group is collecting signature to attempt the same thing.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Bilingual Police Needed

If you’re a police officer in Tucson, you can get a stipend with your bilingual skills. The increase in Spanish-speaking residents makes their language vital for law enforcement officers. In January, 52 officers passed a language proficiency test. A total of 114 police employees and civilian employees the bilingual stipend.