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This article explores language education in the two-year context as a distinct entity and, where possible, makes comparisons to the four-year context. In particular, the authors discuss commonly and less commonly taught languages at two-year compared to four-year institutions; demographics of students who choose to study language at two-year schools and whether such demographics reflect the larger student bodies of two-year institu- tions, including those who do not study language; and the reported motivations of students who choose to study language at two-year schools.

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Citation: Ketcham, E., Nagano, T., & Funk, A. (2020). Students of Languages at Community Colleges: Who Studies What and Why?, ADFL Bulletin46(1), 56-70. (Free access for MLA or MAPS members)

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This article presents and analyzes instructor data from the Students and Instructors of Languages at Community Colleges (SILCC) Survey. The SILCC Survey was designed to collect data from language professionals teaching at community colleges (CCs) on the specific challenges, opportunities, and potential areas of growth in their field. Results from 140 instructor responses in 101 CCs in 33 U.S. states are used to document the current state of teaching and learning of modern languages at CCs through a systematic survey procedure. The data on modern language instruction at CCs, a segment of the U.S. educational system underrepresented in scholarly discussions in the field of modern language, shows both strengths and areas in need of improvement.

Citation: Nagano, T., Funk, A., and Ketcham, E. (2017). Modern Language Instruction at Community College: A Survey-Based Study of Modern Language Instructors. Foreign Language Annals, 50(3), 621-631. DOI (CUNY access)

This study analyzes the choices that heritage language (HL) learners make when enrolling in language courses at community colleges. Data from the Students and Instructors of Languages at Community Colleges (SILCC) Surveys, a nationwide survey with 1,756 students taking language courses at 101 community colleges across 33 states in the U.S., show that as many as 42.2% of community college students in modern language classrooms are identified as HL speakers

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Citation: Nagano, T., Ketcham, E., & Funk, A. (2019). Why Do Heritage Language Speakers Opt Out of Their Own Heritage Language? A Survey-based Study of Heritage Language Learners at Community CollegesHeritage Language Journal16(3), 318-339. DOI:


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