[Edling] America's Lacking Language Skills

Francis Hult francis.hult at englund.lu.se
Sat May 16 11:52:39 UTC 2015


The Atlantic



America's Lacking Language Skills



Less than 1 percent of American adults today are proficient in a foreign language that they studied in a U.S. classroom. That’s noteworthy considering that in 2008 almost all high schools in the country—93 percent—offered foreign languages, according to a national survey. In many cases, as Richard Brecht, who oversees the University of Maryland’s Center for Advanced Study of Language, said on Thursday: “It isn’t that people don’t think language education important. It’s that they don’t think it’s possible.”



Full story:
http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/05/filling-americas-language-education-potholes/392876/
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