Bridging the cultural divide: the emergence of Global Language Programs at Boston University
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Citation (published version)Hoecherl-Alden G. (2016) The Emergence of Global Language Programs at Boston University — Bridging the Cultural Divide. In: Berbeco S. (eds) Foreign Language Education in America. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp 115-139. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137528506_6
As the fourth largest private research institution in the United States Boston University (BU) serves more than 18,000 students, and approximately seven percent study a second language. Since 2007, when the President unveiled his Strategic Plan, the overall scope and diversity of foreign language instruction across campus and through BU’s Office of International Programs has increased dramatically. He is clearly fulfilling his mandate to strengthen the quality of the faculty, strive for excellence in undergraduate education, emphasize interdisciplinary studies, and deepen connections to the city of Boston and the world.1 The unveiling of his plan coincided with the arrival of a new Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) who recognized that BU’s assets in languages could be developed into a signature strength of the College, and made a special commitment to nurturing the less commonly taught languages that cannot rely on prior student preparation.
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