UMF creates new World Language Education major to ease teacher shortage

The University of Maine at Farmington has created a new World Language Education major to prepare educators for a career teaching Spanish or French in K-12 classrooms. As schools in Maine and across the nation flounder in their searches for world language teachers, the University of Maine at Farmington is rolling out a new major in hopes of helping educators to fill the gap, according to the Bangor Daily News. “Command of a foreign language is an essential skill for Maine students in a global economy,” said UMF President Kathryn Foster. “This exciting new program will prepare language teachers for service in elementary, middle, and high schools, at once educating Maine’s youth and addressing a critical shortage in K-12 language teachers.”

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UMF Assistant Professor of French Olivia Donaldson (standing far right) and her teaching assistant work one-on-one with students mastering the French language.

UMF Assistant Professor of French Olivia Donaldson (standing far right) and her teaching assistant work one-on-one with students mastering the French language.