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Why Offer Instruction in the Less Commonly Taught Languages?

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It used to be that students, once they got to middle school or high school, had their choice of two to three foreign languages to study. At my own high school, I was able to choose from French, Spanish, or Latin. Today's students are different. Students are asking for, and schools are providing, an increasing array of languages from which to choose. Languages such as Japanese or Swahili are beginning to creep into school curricula. Universities as well are offering more and more language choices for their students. Still, school and university curricula tend to be dominated by a core set of languages, namely French, Spanish, and German. Languages  other than French, Spanish, and German, because they are less frequently taught and studied, are referred to as the less commonly taught languages, or LCTLs.

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