Learning a foreign language opens door to greater marketability

“Careers and promotions: A second language is now becoming a vital part of the basic preparation for an increasing number of careers. I am not talking about majoring in foreign languages. Any profession today, coupled with the knowledge of a second language, prepares the professional to be ahead of the curve.

Many major U.S. corporations that currently make a high percentage of their profits from international markets are hiring professionals with a proficiency in foreign languages. Even in a tight job market, many graduates report that their foreign language skills enhance their hiring. Many employers are responding to the need to hire bilingual people by offering more money to start and higher raises throughout their staffer’s career, whether they stay home or are posted overseas.”

Read more here: https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/lsjournal/article221326665.html#storylink=cpy
by Emmanuel Ngomsi, The Kansas City Star, November 7, 2018

Learning a new language can transform your experience of life

HuffIndiaThe benefits of knowing a second or a foreign language in today’s world are many. The world has turned into a global village. In this globalized existence, the knowledge of a foreign language in particular and the accompanying cultural competency are being increasingly recognized as valuable assets that give an advantage to those who possess such skills.

by Shonu Nangia, The Huffington Post India, June 30, 2016

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700 Reasons for studying languages


“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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Education matters: Learning world languages ….

Video by Kentucky Educational Television

Host Bill Goodman and guests explore the importance of world language study in the global society, where fluency in other languages and familiarity with other cultures are prerequisites for success. In the face of this reality, Kentucky high schools and colleges are turning to performance-based assessments and real-world experiences to help students acquire life-long foreign language skills.

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Just add German

In December 2013, the Goethe Institute launched a new campaign to show the value of learning another language. Just Add German has its own Web site with advocacy resources for teachers, testimonials (a section in progress), and tool kits.

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Engaging the world: U.S. global competence for the 21st century

Website by the American Council on Education and Coalition for International Education , which highlights the urgent need for international and foreign language education to become part of the core mission of the educational system in the United States.

The website was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the HEA-Title VI and Fulbright-Hays programs of the U.S. Department of Education. It features features two videos and 13 additional brief interviews with Title VI/Fulbright-Hays beneficiaries who are currently employing their knowledge and expertise both at home and abroad. The experts interviewed work in business, diplomacy and international peace, economic and health care development, education, and military security and peacekeeping. All videos are viewable online and downloadable.

Video: Engaging the World
Video: A 21st Century Imperative
Video Clips: 13 brief interviews with Title VI/Fulbright-Hays fellows

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