This week, ACTFL launched its national language proficiency awareness and advocacy campaign and website, Lead With Languages, on the heels of the release of two prominent studies about language in the US.
The first study, America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education in the 21st Century, calls for a national strategy to improve access to as many languages as possible for people of every region, ethnicity and socioeconomic background, and advocates for our nation’s schools to offer meaningful instruction in world languages as early as possible.
The second study, Not Lost in Translation: The Growing Importance of Foreign Language Skills in the U.S. Job Market, provides valuable insight into how the demand for bilingual workers has grown at both the state and national levels, and cites new evidence that proficiency in more than one language will be among the most important skills a job seeker can demonstrate.
To show your support for the campaign, download a badge and put it in your email signature, LinkedIn, or wherever you see fit. , send out your own #leadwithlanguages tweets, and check out its website.
ACTFL will keep you updated on the campaign and its progress!