Why Learn Languages?
- To connect across cultural, political, and economic borders
- To meet the challenges in a global and connected society
- To communicate in a culturally appropriate manner with people from around the world
- To possess language and cultural understanding to be productive members of our diverse communities
Important new initiatives and reports provide data and research to support your advocacy efforts:
In March, 2017, ACTFL launched its national language proficiency awareness and advocacy campaign and website, Lead with Languages. This multi-year campaign aims to build awareness about the increased demand for language skills and supports the growth of learners who are competent in other languages and cultures. Check out its website, follow @LeadWLanguages on Twitter or send out your own #leadwithlanguages tweets, or download a badge and put it in your email signature, LinkedIn, or wherever you see fit.
America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century. In 2014, a bipartisan group of members of Congress asked the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to undertake a new study of the nation’s language education needs. Four members of the U.S. Senate, including Wisconsin’s Senator Tammy Baldwin, and four members of the House of Representatives requested that the commission answer the following questions:
- How does language learning influence economic growth, cultural diplomacy, the productivity of future generations, and the fulfillment of all Americans?
- What actions should the nation take to ensure excellence in all languages as well as international education and research, including how we may more effectively use current resources to advance language attainment? This is the first national report on language in over 40 years. Read the final report and share at #LangReport.
Not Lost in Translation: The Growing Importance of Foreign Language Skills in the U.S. Job Market released by the New American Economy, a nonprofit, bipartisan coalition of more than 500 mayors and business leaders who support immigration reform. Excerpt from this report: “Americans lose almost $2 billion each year because of language or cultural misunderstandings.”http://www.newamericaneconomy.org/
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Discover Languages is the national campaign to raise public awareness about the importance of language learning understanding of cultures. Visit the Discover Languages website for the latest in helping Americans discover the world!