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Monday, January 3, 2011

Arabic, Korean and Chinese deemed fastest-growing language courses at U.S. colleges

The surge in enrollment reflects a shift in response to current issues across the globe, officials say. Spanish and French, however, remain the most popular language courses.

December 07, 2010|Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Student enrollment in Arabic, Korean and Chinese classes is showing the fastest growth among foreign language courses at U.S. colleges, even though Spanish remains the most popular by a huge margin, a new study shows.
The survey of more than 2,500 colleges and universities by the Modern Language Assn., or MLA, found that enrollment in Arabic surged by 46% between 2006 and 2009. More U.S. college students are studying Arabic than Russian, a change that officials say reflects a shift of interest from Cold War concerns to current issues involving the Middle East and terrorism.
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