Less Commonly Taught Languages

Less Commonly Taught Languages

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Less Commonly Taught Languages is a designation used in the United States for languages other than the three most commonly taught foreign languages in US public schools: Spanish, French, and German. The term covers a wide array of world languages, ranging from some of the world's largest and most influential languages, such as Chinese, Russian, Arabic, and Japanese, to smaller regional languages studied in the US mainly by area experts, such as Twi, spoken in West Africa, and Finnish. The term arose out of a need to contrast the more commonly taught languages in US K-12 public education with those normally encountered only at university level, a great divide reflected both in the US textbook industry, which caters to the existing K-12 market by necessarily focusing on the "Big Three," and in historical US government funding for foreign language education.
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  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17mm | 435g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6136777657
  • 9786136777658