Education: Dynamiting Language

Since the late '60s, college students' interest in studying foreign languages has declined almost as much as campus protests. According to the Modern Language Association, registration in French courses, for instance, dropped from a high of 388,000 in 1968 to 253,000 in 1974-75. At Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., however, enrollment in advance-level French courses has risen to 1,100 (from 500) in the past decade, and other languages, such as Spanish and German, have also become increasingly popular. Moreover, tests given to students at 200 colleges show that first-year language students at Dartmouth are more fluent after only 20 to 30...

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