UNCP Faculty Corner

Foreign Languages

This is a discussion of the proposed foreign language requirement for all students.



  1. I took two semesters of German in High School. I retained very little of what I learned (because I didn’t continue to use it), and I learned next to nothing about Germany or its culture. You would learn a lot more about the world and its cultural diversity from courses in history, geography, political science, etc. than from a foreign language course which focuses typically on the mechanics of the language. I learned much more about cultural diversity from my art history course than from my german courses. While languages do illustrate the richness of human cultures, they also obviously divide us and cause many problems in our modern world. Adults simply can’t learn several languages as children can, nor does the attempt to do so in any causal way insure an appreciation for cultural diversity.

    Comment by David Zeigler — August 20, 2009 @ 10:28 am

  2. The need to understand other cultures and languages has been identified by Daniel Yankelovich and others as one of five imperative needs to which higher education must respond in the next ten years if it is to remain relevant. Even UNCP must rethink its approach and consider what is in the best interests of students in the 21st Century. This is not an undertaking not to be avoided or taken lightly.

    Comment by Robert Schneider — February 13, 2009 @ 11:44 am

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