LLAS News Blog

News articles of interest to higher education LLAS subject fields.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

More students choose languages in broader curriculum

Aberdeen: The total number studying French, Gaelic, German and Spanish has risen to 1,726, with the overall number of first-year language course enrolments increasing to 2,115 when Latin, Arabic and Mandarin are taken into account.

The figures come during a period of general decline in the number of students studying language degrees in the UK. In 2009, Michael Kelly, director of the UK Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, estimated that just 2 to 2.5 per cent of students chose modern language degrees.

Times Higher Education

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Discover Japanese Studies website launched

The British Association for Japanese Studies has launched a website Discover Japanese Studies. www.discoverjapanesestudies.org is aimed at students who are interested in studying Japan and the Japanese language.

Friday, 10 December 2010

In Study Abroad, Simple Is Sophisticated

My field, study abroad, is far from simple, and if you follow the buzz, you probably know how "unsophisticated" it can be. A recent study at the University of Washington, published in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, found that many American students double their alcohol consumption while studying abroad in Europe, Australia, or New Zealand. Study abroad has long been associated with partying and, as a recent article in The Chronicle put it, "a perk for wealthy students at selective colleges."

This is disappointing because many of us who work with college students, or send them to other countries to study, have higher aspirations for their international experience than drinking more alcohol or backpacking around Europe. We see study abroad as education, not vacation, and we honestly believe that the study-abroad experience has the potential to change lives, and the world, for the better.

Chronicle of Higher Education