ASL as one of the most studied foreign languages

Modern Language Association survey shows that American Sign Language is the 4th most studied modern/foreign language at colleges and universities in the U.S.

statistics of top language enrollments

Top enrollments of the languages -- Spanish, French and German -- increased modestly from 2006 to 2009 but enrollments in ASL courses increased by 16 percent. Many college students are on a waiting list to get into ASL classes.

Most studied languages

Top foreign/modern language study at U.S. colleges and universities in 2009:

LanguageEnrollment %
1Spanish51%
2French12%
3German5.7%
4American Sign Language5.4%
5Italian4.8%

Source: Modern Language Association

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