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

Download Report Direct [PDF]


Advocacy Pages by State FL Associations and Districts

College Pages: Why study foreign languages?


“A man who does not know a foreign language is ignorant of his own.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832)
[Wer fremde Sprachen nicht kennt, weiƟ nichts von seiner eigenen.]

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013)

“To solve most of the major problems facing our country today will require every young person to learn more about other regions, cultures, and languages.” – Colin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State 2001-2005

Japanese Advocacy Site

Newly revised and expanded website site supporting advocating for learning Japanese. Created by the Japan Foundation (Los Angeles)

The site contains sections and specific materials for Administrators, Parents, and Students.

Link to website

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.

Link to the video

The French Language Initiative

aatflogoThe French Language Initiative is focused on promoting the study of French language and French-speaking cultures and increasing the number of students enrolling in French programs nationwide. It is a partnership between the Embassy of France in the U.S. and the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF).

Link to Website

Depot – AATF

aatflogoby the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Commission on Advocacy

A very comprehensive website which offers numerous links grouped under a wide range of topics, ranging from advocacy for French language and culture, Francophone organizations, investment, to business support.

Link to Website

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