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Media: VOA on Language

Submitter: Karen Chung

Submitter Email: karchung@ntu.edu.tw
Media Body: If you are interested in this audio feature (announced over
LINGUIST 4/21/03) and can't find the link on the VOA site (I can't),
the downloaded file and a streaming audio link are available at the
following URL (I am using this report as the basis of an English
listening assignment for my NTU students).


Karen Steffen Chung

Original post (Linguist 14.1155):

> The 'Coast to Coast' feature of the April 18, 2003 edition of Voice of
America News Webcasts discusses the proposal to make English the official
language of the U.S., the state of foreign language education in the U.S.,
and other language-related issues. Click here to link directly to the
RealOne audio file:


Or look for the 4/18/03 program here:


Hurry - the links may expire soon.

Issue Number: 14.1162
Date Posted: April 22, 2003

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