Student enrollment in foreign language education classes continues to rise

More students are attending foreign language classes to fill the many positions that prefer candidates with international exposure.
More students are attending foreign language classes to fill the many positions that prefer candidates with international exposure.

According to the Boston Globe, the Connecticut State University System saw a 10 percent increase in the number of students taking foreign language classes this academic year.

Additionally, the group said the number of Chinese language courses have doubled in the past few years. Classes such as Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, Russian and Portuguese have also been added to many of the state's universities.

Acting chancellor Louise Feroe said the schools are simply responding to the demand by employers for professionals to speak more than one language.

Increased interest in foreign language programs seems to also be a national trend. According to the Modern Language Association, enrollment in language courses has been increasing for the past 10 years.

For example, enrollment in Arabic classes increased by 46.3 percent between 2006 and 2009. Similarly, Korean courses saw a 19.1 percent growth in students. Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese and Latin programs also saw enrollment increases of at least 2 percent between 2006 and 2009, according to the association.

In 2009, the most studied languages by students were Spanish, French and German, the association reported.

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