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Subject: 10/25/2002 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education
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for Friday, October 25.
* THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES of California's Ventura County
Community College District has bought out the contract of
Philip Westin, its embattled chancellor, in the wake of a
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* THE CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES SYSTEM will connect its 108
campuses with a Web-based teleconferencing service that meets
accessibility guidelines for people with disabilities. The
multimillion-dollar plan, announced Thursday, is expected to
save money by cutting back on travel to meetings.
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ALSO ON THE CHRONICLE'S WORLD WIDE WEB SITE
NEW GRANT COMPETITIONS: Grants to support
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ENGLISH VS. AFRIKAANS: At a South African university, the needs
of English-speaking black students are conflicting with the
desire of Afrikaner students to be taught in their own language.
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IT'S A WRAP: Mummies from the Inca Empire offer clues to how its
communities were formed and what the people did.
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MAGAZINES & JOURNALS
A glance at the October issue of "PMLA:"
Giving Spanish its proper respect
Spanish courses at American colleges and universities have the
highest enrollments of all foreign languages, yet the field does
not garner the respect in academe one would expect for such an
alpha language, writes John M. Lipski, head of the department of
Spanish at Pennsylvania State University at University Park.
He points to the widespread use among foreign-language
professors of the acronym "LOTS," which stands for "languages
other than Spanish" -- a distinction that he says illustrates
the categorical removal of Spanish from discussions of language
programs. The Spanish-language field is seen as comparatively
"too big to handle or ... as somehow constituting an obstacle to
the teaching and appreciation of the remaining languages,"
writes Mr. Lipski.
Some of the casualness toward Spanish, says Mr. Lipski,
originates from the saturation of "junk Spanish" in the media,
which makes the language seem inordinately easy: "Who can doubt
that a full command of Spanish is as much within reach as a
Yet most of the students who enroll in Spanish courses are
earnest about studying what he calls "the de facto second
language of the United States." Spanish departments should
"acknowledge their mission as providing not only specific course
content but also an entry into a broader worldview and an
antidote to xenophobia," suggests Mr. Lipski. As such, he says,
the field of Spanish should be discussed in academe "in the
language of good will and common cause."
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journal can be found at http://www.mla.org/
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