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The American attitude toward foreign language education from the 1700's to 2006

Sterniak, Nancy Vieira (2008) The American attitude toward foreign language education from the 1700's to 2006. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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As a foreign language observer, the author became increasingly interested in language education in American society. The United States has been home to several non-English languages; nonetheless, there seems to be a lack of choices when it comes to a career that involving foreign language. The choices, based on foreign language course enrollment, consistently seem to be Spanish, French, and German, regardless of the focus of the nation's global participation. As a basis for this study, the author decided to explore the American attitude, between the 1700's and 2006, that has fostered the current state of foreign language education in the United States. The author presents an argument based on contextual factors which are likely to have affected foreign language education in the United States. The factors explored in this work are immigration, foreign language instruction, federal funding for foreign language instruction, and foreign language course enrollment.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Sterniak, Nancy
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBickel, Williambickel@pitt.eduBICKEL
Committee MemberYoungs,
Committee MemberGoldstein, Donaldgoldy@gspia.pitt.eduGOLDY
Committee MemberJackson,
Committee MemberWeidman, Johnweidman@pitt.eduWEIDMAN
Date: 29 September 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 1 May 2008
Approval Date: 29 September 2008
Submission Date: 8 May 2008
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1700's to 2006; American attitude; foreign language education
Other ID:, etd-05082008-210012
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:44
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:43


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