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Two teacher-training programs at Yale have been discontinued. The five-year-old Urban Teaching Initiative, a 14-month, tuition-free program leading to a master's in education and a job in a New Haven public school, will end in June. University officials said it did not attract the anticipated number of students. The older Teacher Preparation program—which offers education courses for undergraduates—will end its teacher certification program this academic year due to declining interest. At the same time, a record 18 percent of Yale seniors applied to Teach for America last year, according to the New York Times.


Indian university officials will come to Yale this fall to learn how U.S. research universities are run. Modeled after a six-year-old Yale program for Chinese educators, the India-Yale Leadership Program will be run in partnership with the Indian Institute of Management and the Indian Institute of Technology.


A fall break may be on the Yale College calendar in the future. The university is considering a proposal to add a two- or three-day breather in October, while maintaining the weeklong Thanksgiving break. Reading period and finals would be compressed to accommodate the break.


A new major in global affairs will replace the international studies major in Yale College next year. The selective program will have tracks in international security and international development.


French in Action, the language-instruction text and video series developed at Yale by Pierre Capretz, celebrated its 25th anniversary this fall. Thousands of students learned French by following the Francophone courtship of Robert and Mireille. (Many complained about the sexism in early versions.) Yale University Press brought Capretz and the actors who played the two lovers to campus in October for a reunion. 


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