Thursday, October 28, 2010

Improving Students’ Capacity in Foreign Languages

Improving Students’ Capacity in Foreign Languages

Why Learn Other Languages?

The answers are numerous. Some are obvious; some less readily apparent. As globalization increases, so does the volume of Americans doing business overseas. And, although it is true that a significant percentage of foreign nationals speak English, many do not. For example, about 40% of Europeans report they are able to use English. [2] But, more important, that leaves a sizable number of Europeans who cannot. And if globally only one-fourth of the world’s population reports some degree of competence in English, it means that a rather significant number of people have no skills in English at all.

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