Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Commission on Language Learning

“In response to a bipartisan request from members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives, the Academy is creating a national commission to examine the current state of language education, project what the nation’s education needs will be in the future, and offer recommendations for ways to meet those needs.

The Commission on Language Learning will be composed of national leaders in education, scientific and humanistic research, business, and government. Their primary task will be to suggest a range of options for improving—and making more widely available—a set of educational approaches, services, and technological innovations. The commission will work with scholarly and professional organizations to gather available research about the benefits of language instruction at every educational level, and will help to initiate a nationwide conversation about the need for greater investment in languages and international education.”

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Languages do matter!


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