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America’s Foreign Language Crisis

The International Policy Digest – Hannah Dannenfeldt

“De qué color era su falda!?” What color was her skirt!? My high school Spanish teacher would stand us in a line and rapid-fire ask us details from the story we read for homework. I would memorize each story out of fear of humiliation. If we got the question wrong, we were shamed and given a zero on the assignment. Disillusioned by my Spanish language experience, I studied French in college. With only three 45-minute classes each week, I graduated as an International Affairs major without proficiency in any foreign language. This foreign language learning experience is far too common. (more)

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