In US schools, more students are learning world languages through immersion programs and traditional second language programs. Despite an increased interest in languages, schools face challenges in keeping up with demand, including making programs widely accessible and finding qualified teachers.
“There are now definitely more jobs globally that require language and cross-cultural skills,” says Nancy Rhodes, Senior Foreign Language Education Consultant, Center for Applied Linguistics. At the university level they are “... realizing that they need to prepare globally competent graduates and are starting to offer more tailored language classes in preparation for needs in the workforce. They are also internationalizing their curricula to help their graduates adapt to the global marketplace.”