Monday, March 17, 2008

What the world needs now, is language, sweet language

I just got done posting on my blog the five things UVSC needs to do in order to be taken seriously as a university. You can check it out in full here:

The 5 things UVSC should do to really become a university

One of the suggestions I put out there was the need for a greater focus on foreign language study:

With such a high percentage of returned LDS missionaries, UVU has one of the most bilingual college populations in the country. UVU should capitalize on this advantage by making foreign languages part of the core curriculum. Every student graduating from UVU should be encouraged to be proficient in another language.

But how do you get students to enroll in these time intensive classes? At BYU students can use language credits to satisfy math requirements. Imagine how many students would take 12 credits of a language in order to avoid passing Math 1050.

Tell me what you think of my ideas...and No Torben, this will not take effect before the fall.


Torben B said...

i was with you until the very last sentence :) are you telling me that my 34 language credits are worth nothing at UVSC? Somebody get Bill S. on the phone!

i think this makes perfect sense. Of course, if this was the case, UVSC would have to find new ways to abuse its student population and exploit them for monetary gain. i don't sound hostile, do i?

i have an idea: force every student to spend at least $10 monthly at the Bunnell!

Scott Abbott said...

Couldn't agree more. That would jump start all our language programs. Let's do it. Why should math be the only growth industry on campus?

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