Modern Languages in the American College Curriculum: The Coming of Age


  • John F Lalande II Ph.D.

    1. The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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      John F. Lalande II (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University) is Associate Professor of German at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


ABSTRACT  This article traces the path taken by modern languages into the American college/university curriculum. It begins with the Colonial Era and concludes with the World War I Era. Some of the arguments for and against the teaching of modern languages are identified, as well as the unique relationship enjoyed between modern languages and a liberal arts education.