Wednesday, June 1, 2011

What is next language to study?

Due to the recent research done through the 79 Kalamazoo College students, Italian, Arabic and Russian have the largest support to study at the Kalamazoo College. Is your new language choice on the list? And what is your answer with questions below?

The survey has several questions like:
* Are Kalamazoo College students generally satisfied with the languages departments at the college?
* How useful do students find the language requirement for their education/future goals?
* Would an increase/change in language courses offered increase satisfaction with the language department/Kalamazoo College in general?
*… and so on

The study shows that the language requirement has the middle impact to make the students to choose Kalamazoo College. Which is little bit lower than students’ satisfaction with the language department. Congratulations to the language department professors and TAs, you guys have done a great job.

In this survey, the students choices about language almost equal to what are offered at the language department. Most students want to learn 1 to 2 languages with the 3 units’ classes to graduate at “K.” Besides most students want to have lectures between 3 and 4 times per week with labs between 1 and 2 times per week. All these choices are almost as equal as what the school is offered at this moment, which are what students have taken so far.

Others interesting results are found as Kalamazoo College students want to learn between 3 and 4 languages in their entire lives. Do you reach your scale with 3 languages so far? Or do you have any other language to learn? As mentioned, Italian, Arabic and Russian are the languages that students more likely to learn besides the choices within the language department, still there are other 16 languages that students are eager to learn through the survey.

However, even though most students have the high desire to learn the language that is not offered so far, only 21% of students (among 79 students) are willing to pay for private language lessons just as what the music department does. For the students who are willing to pay for the private language lessons, the money to pay is quite near to the group applied music lessons. Are you one of those people who are willing to pay for the private lessons? Or there is no extra spending for the language study.

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