Lead with languages


The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) launched an important campaign that focuses on raising awareness about the importance of learning another language besides English for American society. “Lead with Languages”, which was launched in late February.

It is “is a multi-year campaign aimed at reversing the nation’s language skills gap and making language learning a national priority. The campaign seeks to build awareness across the U.S. about the growing importance of language skills to a wide array of careers – and to our nation’s economy, national security and international standing – with the ultimate goal of supporting a new generation of Americans competent in other languages and cultures and equipped to compete and succeed in a global economy.”

Read the press release

Learning Mandarin – a view from the UK

 

“How Mandarin can unlock our children’s potential in an increasingly connected world”

by Mark Herbert, The Telegraph, January 10, 2017

An essay about the value of learning another language in general and Mandarin in particular. Mr. Herbert provides background information on the “Excellence in Mandarin Programme”, which was started in the UK in September 2016. The goal of the program is to educate 5,000 students by the year 2020 to become fluent in Mandarin.

700 Reasons for studying languages

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“700 Reasons for Studying Languages” is a report from the UK Subject Centre for Languages resulting from a research project which was carried out between 2003-2004. The research was to support the UK campaign to encourage more people to learn languages in an out of school.

You will find many results in the report that are valid for contexts outside of the U.K.

Angela Gallagher-Brett (2005). Seven Hundred Reasons to Study Languages. LLAS Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, Southampton, UK.

 

Centre for Languages Website: https://www.llas.ac.uk/700reasons/orderform.html

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