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Recruiting Language Majors in the South (NeMLA)

Boston, MA
Organization: NeMLA
Event: NeMLA
Categories: Postcolonial, Hispanic & Latino, World Literatures, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature
Event Date: 2024-03-07 to 2024-03-10 Abstract Due: 2023-09-30

Recruiting language majors in the South has become extremely difficult after the Pandemic. Driven by the inflation, students avoid double majoring or getting minors to graduate on time or earlier. This is a threat for language programs at liberal arts colleges, given that they now lack majors and fewer faculty is needed. Studying of languages in high school in the South is limited or deficient to prepare students to place out of the basic levels in college and discourage them from studying any further. Monolingualism is dominant and learning other languages is not nurtured. Given these conditions, what can we done to improve this situation. This panel seeks to explore ideas, share initiatives taken and identify resources to attract and retain language majors.


Monica Rodríguez