At Texas Flagship, Budget Cut May Translate Into Shrinking Language Requirements

Proposed reduction in required courses at Austin's liberal-arts college triggers debate over best teaching practices

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Wyatt McSpadden

A plan to eliminate a semester of language requirements would make learning harder, says Daniela Bini, chair of the department of French and Italian at the U. of Texas at Austin.

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Wyatt McSpadden

A plan to eliminate a semester of language requirements would make learning harder, says Daniela Bini, chair of the department of French and Italian at the U. of Texas at Austin.

As colleges and universities grapple with budget cuts, at least one is coping with the situation by planning to reduce its language requirements.

At the University of Texas at Austin, the College of Liberal Arts wants to shrink the time students are required to spend in French, Spanish, German, and other language courses. Language departments' budgets have been slashed by $1.8-million for the 2010-11 academic year. To accommodate that cut, adminstrators have proposed that students