Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Tongue-Tied Italians

Only one in three Italians can speak a foreign language. More than half of the Italian population has no interest in learning a foreign language. Of those who speak a foreign language, English is the most popular (53%), followed by French (37%), German (4%), and Spanish (2.8%).

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Foreign Languages Online?

Spanish and French are the most widely available foreign languages in American high schools. Some also teach German and smaller numbers even Italian and Latin. Yet, high school students in California can take a language not offered at their high school at their local community college. Some offer them online. Allan Hancock College and San Francisco City College teach Italian online and other schools will probably follow suit. More info is available at the site of the California Virtual University.