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It’s time to invest in foreign-language instruction

The Los Angeles Times – Patrice Apodaca

And once again, I shook my head in dismay over the fact that linguistics education in the United States is abysmal. Actually, it’s worse than that. Foreign language instruction has never been our strong suit. But it’s been declining from our previous subpar levels, and that’s a troubling trend that will likely have serious economic, social and political consequences. Last year, the National K-12 Foreign Language Enrollment Survey, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, found that only 1 in 5 students is enrolled in a world language or American Sign Language. At the college level, enrollment in foreign languages has been undergoing a years-long decline (more)

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