Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

DC Private Schools With the Best Foreign Language Classes

“Foreign-language education in the US is in some ways a tale of two countries. On the one hand, the number of American kids studying a language has declined since 2009, according to the Modern Language Association. On the other, at elite private schools in the Washington area, teachers tell us that the range of language experiences offered has increased in recent years and that students are more excited about how languages are being taught.

In response, private schools have tweaked language programs and rejiggered trips abroad in an effort to allow students to experience other cultures in new and profound ways.

Technology has also upped the sexiness factor of foreign-language study.

Another game-changer has been the retooling of the Advanced Placement language exam—with less emphasis on grammar and more on communication ability and cultural knowledge—which has led to changes in the way schools think about language-study trips abroad.”

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