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Letter to the editor: Cantonese at Stanford

To the Editor:

I write regarding the recent Daily article, “Where is Cantonese at Stanford“?

The author repeatedly misrepresents the facts. As I stated in my interview: “All foreign languages meet the language requirement, with some caveats. Students must demonstrate proficiency in reading, listening, speaking and writing, which is usually fulfilled with a one-year sequence in the language. There is no prohibition against any language.”

This statement reflects the policy of the Stanford Language Center. To claim that Stanford refuses “to allow Cantonese to meet the foreign language requirement” is false. Ironically, a student met the Stanford language requirement with Cantonese proficiency just three days ago.

— Elizabeth Bernhardt
John Roberts Hale Director of the Stanford Language Center
Professor, German Studies