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For those interested in promoting the Italian language I offer the following encouraging statistics taken from "Foreign Language Enrollments in the United States Institutions of Higher Education," Fall 1998 by Richard Brod  and Elizabeth B. Wells.

Language 1995 1998 %Change
Spanish 606,286 656,590 8.3
French 205,351 199,064 -3.1
German 96,263 89,020 -7.5
ITALIAN 43,723 49,287 12.6

Report available www.adfl.org/resources/enroll.htm

AN URGENT APPEAL FROM NIAF: Please alert all your e-mail subscribers of the following:
If their local high school offers Italian, have them call the principal and tell him/her that within the next two weeks they will receive a survey from the College Board about establishing an Advanced Placement (AP) course and exam in Italian at their school.

PLEASE URGE THE PRINCIPAL TO FILL OUT THE SURVEY AND RETURN IT IMMEDIATELY.
If the survey does not arrive by October 31, please have the principal contact Lee Jones at the College Board in NYC at 212/713-8066.

The College Board will vote in mid-December on whether or not to establish such a program in Italian. It wants 650 survey responses from Principals showing interest in such a program.

AP courses and exams promote the study of a foreign language in high school and in college. There are such exams in French, Spanish and German but not Italian.

The NIAF and the Sons of Italy have been working on this issue with the American Association of Teachers of Italian and the Italian government. Your help at this point is urgently needed and invaluable.

mille grazie....e sempre avanti!
dona de sanctis
national italian american foundation


FIRST WORLDWIDE ITALIAN LANGUAGE WEEK LAUNCHED
This week, Italian language and culture is promoted in a new initiative from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Italians in the World, in collaboration with the Crusca Academy of Florence. For one week, almost 100 Italian Cultural Institutes scattered over five continents will present special lectures, conferences and debates, culminating in a 24-hour-long video conference on October 18 in which all Italian institutes and cultural centers in the world will participate. "There is an increasing demand to learn our language," stated the director of the foreign office's Cultural Promotion Abroad department, Mr. Aloisi, who asserted that more than 150,000 persons around the world participated in Italian language classes last year.

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