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Not unlike their counterparts in Europe and parts of Asia, many American students are required to study a foreign language for two years, or often more, at the high school level. Quite frequently, these students continue their language study in college; the culmination of this study, the predicating assumption holds, is communicative competency formed through a method of tutelage in the areas of grammar, vocabulary, conjugation, and sentence structure. However, research shows that once students have been away from the classroom for over a year, the vast majority of them have failed to retain almost all of their foreign language skills.

The argument above supports which of the following claims?


(A) The American system of foreign language study pales in comparison to the competing systems of Europe and Asia.

(B) The majority of language-learning programs in America need to strengthen their tutelage of grammar, vocabulary, conjugation, and sentence structure.

(C) The methods of foreign language study in the American curriculum are in and of themselves insufficient to achieve retention.

(D) American students should be immersed in a country that speaks the language they are studying in order to truly pick up the language.

(E) American students feel less inclination to learn a second language, since English is currently the dominant imperial language.

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I will go with choice C here

As it is mentioned in argument that after losing touch with language , students forgot their foreign language skills.So it means that curriculum is not efficient enough to retain info of foreign language

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Question type : Inference

(A) The American system of foreign language study pales in comparison to the competing systems of Europe and Asia. - Comparison between The American system of foreign language and systems of Europe and Asia is not stated in argument

(B) The majority of language-learning programs in America need to strengthen their tutelage of grammar, vocabulary, conjugation, and sentence structure. - Can't be inferred

(C) The methods of foreign language study in the American curriculum are in and of themselves insufficient to achieve retention. - Correct

(D) American students should be immersed in a country that speaks the language they are studying in order to truly pick up the language. - Nothing as such can be stated from argument

(E) American students feel less inclination to learn a second language, since English is currently the dominant imperial language - Can't be inferred
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Not unlike their counterparts in Europe and parts of Asia, many American students are required to study a foreign language for two years, or often more, at the high school level. Quite frequently, these students continue their language study in college; the culmination of this study, the predicating assumption holds, is communicative competency formed through a method of tutelage in the areas of grammar, vocabulary, conjugation, and sentence structure. However, research shows that once students have been away from the classroom for over a year, the vast majority of them have failed to retain almost all of their foreign language skills.

The argument above supports which of the following claims?


(A) The American system of foreign language study pales in comparison to the competing systems of Europe and Asia.

(B) The majority of language-learning programs in America need to strengthen their tutelage of grammar, vocabulary, conjugation, and sentence structure.

(C) The methods of foreign language study in the American curriculum are in and of themselves insufficient to achieve retention.

(D) American students should be immersed in a country that speaks the language they are studying in order to truly pick up the language.

(E) American students feel less inclination to learn a second language, since English is currently the dominant imperial language.


Clean (C), the argument clearly suggests that " American curriculum are insufficient to achieve retention." as highlighted in the stimulus.
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Squib: This squib starts off by saying that American students learn foreign languages in a classroom set-ting just like their European and Asian counterparts. It holds that the purpose of this teaching is “communicative competency.” However, research has shown that this method of classroom teaching is incapable of ensuring that students will retain any skills in the language that they studied. Question stem: It asks what can be concluded on the basis of this knowledge. Correct answer: C. Since the main point of the paragraph is that the academic setting that American students now utilize to learn foreign languages is in-effective for retention,
we can conclude exactly this in answer choice C.

(A) This is not stated in the squib. The converse was presented: American students are “not unlike their counterparts in Europe and parts of Asia.”
(B) The strength of the academic technique is not ad-dressed. The question is not whether American students can solve grammar questions during their school years, but rather why they do not retain this knowledge in later years.
(D) The squib does not propose that American students should do anything different to improve their retention. It merely states that current methods are ineffective. Always be aware of combining a factual squib with a normative statement such as “should,” “would best be served by,” or the like.
(E) This statement is completely unrelated to the squib.
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