A National Foreign Language Initiative for Global Economic Competitiveness

3:00 - 4:00pm

Room 105 B

Presented at: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2012

The U.S. should lead a national initiative, supported by an economic competitiveness rationale, to invest in foreign language (FL) education. For economic competitiveness, it is advantageous to speak languages of global markets. FL funding is often limited to ‘critical’ languages that do not include ‘strategic’ languages to promote economic competitiveness.