The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 11th, 2015
Enrollments in foreign-language courses at American colleges have
declined after nearly 20 years of growth, falling 6.7 percent from the
fall of 2009 to the fall of 2013, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Modern Language Association.
Rosemary G. Feal, the association’s executive director, speculated
that several factors could have played a role in the decline, including
rising student interest in career-oriented subjects such as business in
the wake of the recession. Those studies leave less time for language
classes, Ms. Feal said.