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Foreign Language Courses Increasing in United States

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UNDATES (AP) - It's apparently becoming more popular to speak another language.

A new study finds enrollment in foreign language courses is booming on American college campuses, with the study of Arabic more than doubling from 2002 to 2006.

The Mdern Language Association of America reports that enrollment has grown nearly 13 percent over the four years, reflecting a major push toward internationalization.

Spanish remains by far the most popular subject, with more than 823,000 students enrolled.

That's up more than 10 percent since 2002 and nearly four times higher than the number-two language, French.

But Arabic is the fastest-growing major language.

It has broken the top 10 for the first time with just under 24,000 enrollments.

That's compared to about 10,600 in 2002.

The number of institutions offering arabic has nearly doubled.