We believe that
The #LANGUAGEMATTERS campaign is a movement to ensure the next generation of our global leaders come equipped with the critical language and cultural skills needed to achieve peace and mutual understanding in the 21st-century.
Meet The World’s Critical Languages
You’re ready to meet the world.
Maybe you’re studying how to stop the tide of HIV infections or how to develop vaccines to combat infectious diseases. Maybe you’re planning to pioneer sustainability initiatives in communities facing significant environmental challenges or to advocate for cooperative energy relations. Maybe you’re preparing to report on breaking global events for international news outlets or to teach in underserved classrooms to ensure all students receive the high-quality education they deserve.
No matter what mark you’ll make on the world, learning a critical language will empower you to make a difference in the lives of others. Meet the world’s critical languages.
We are here to advance the study of critical languages and cultures for young Americans and to emphasize its significance in the security and prosperity of our country.
Americans who can speak a critical language like Hindi, Mandarin, Arabic, Spanish, and Swahili (to name a few), will directly influence how well we can engage and facilitate positive change in our evolving world—whether that change is in healthcare, the environment, human rights, education, energy, or even in shaping our perception of beauty and art.
One in three mid- and large-size employers in the U.S. are working with global or multicultural clientele and seek graduates with language and cultural competency.
However, currently less than 10 percent of American students study abroad; and less than 7 percent are enrolled in a foreign language course.
The Case for Language
Despite its origins and continued view as the melting pot of the world, Americans lag behind in language learning. Only a staggering one percent of adults in the U.S. identify as fluent in the language they studied in high school, despite that 93 percent of high schools around the country offer foreign language courses.
And yet, foreign languages are the most critical communication tools we have to develop relationships across cultures and solve complex cross-border challenges—both at home and overseas.
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