Inside Higher Ed has a piece this morning on how around the United States, several colleges and universities are dropping the word "foreign" from their language departments.
West Virginia University, for example, has renamed its foreign languages department "world languages." In Southern California, Grossmont College in El Cajon has done the same. Brookhaven College, a community college in the Dallas area, puts the word "foreign" in quotes on its website when discussing languages that aren't English.
While the trend isn't universal, it's growing, the education journal reports. What gives? A couple of professors explain: