Chicago Tribune

marylynn.redmond

Learning a language can translate into success: “It is imperative that colleges and universities set the foreign language requirement at a level that would help students gain ability to communicate ably,” says Mary Lynn Redmond, professor of education at Wake Forest University. Widely publicized teaching tools like Rosetta Stone can supplement foreign language education, professors say, but shouldn’t be a student’s sole means of absorbing a language. Interactive tools are useful for memorizing vocabulary words, but they’re not as effective as learning the nuances of conversation as live, face-to-face instruction, says Redmond.

Category: Academics