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Discus: Individual Schools: US News Top 25: Massachusetts Institute of Technology: 2004 Archive: Foreign language
By Texas137 (Texas137) on Friday, April 04, 2003 - 01:19 pm: Edit

For the language-impaired among us:
The list of recommended courses at the MIT site includes 3 years of a foreign language. Does anyone think they really care about this? If you are spectacular in all math/science respects, but have no foreign language (or have one but made terrible grades in it), do you really think it would make a difference? Caltech does not seem to care at all whether or not you have a foreign language, although they certainly want you to have an adequate command of English.

By Andymcgav (Andymcgav) on Friday, May 16, 2003 - 09:37 pm: Edit

YES IT WOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE. That is why they have the guidelines.

By Autodidact (Autodidact) on Saturday, May 17, 2003 - 10:07 am: Edit

Texas137: Since math and music are considered universal subjects, my guess is they are looking for individuals capable of communicating their thoughts on an international basis--probably for the specific function of placeability upon graduation in response to global markets. A motivated learner could make a year's progress in a summer, more if they have a good ear or seek out native speakers. Beyond the basics, one semester of independent/guided tuition could no doubt equate to a year (or more)in a class with specific focus on academic aspects with cultural pursued later or separately. Check out library tapes, records, and study guides. The most important thing is not to be afraid to make mistakes--they are learning opportunities. Work on fluency in the spoken language. Being able to read and write a foreign language is of little use if you can't reply to questions or conversation with confidence. Good luck.

By Branda (Branda) on Friday, June 20, 2003 - 06:58 am: Edit

THey would rather have you study one foreign language in depth and with good fluency than jump from one foreign language to another, and ending up not covering either to a communicable quality.

Foreign languages ARE important.

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