Last month the University of Texas, one of the largest states in the U.S., held a language fair to try to get students interested in cultures other than American. Teachers from all of the thirty four foreign language programs (except the Spanish and Portuguese Departments) at UT were represented at the fair which was the first of its kind for the university. The decision to hold the fair was made because UT has been cutting language programs to save money.
The University of Maine has proposed to eliminate majors in foreign languages (along with music and theater departments) in order to cut $12.2 million from the university’s academic affairs budget. If that happens, foreign language majors, including French, Spanish, German and Latin, would be eliminated but some kind of foreign language instruction would continue.
The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville is eliminating a foreign-language requirement for all students in its Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.
I’d say that’s bad news all around!