Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Bilingualism can lead to higher-paying jobs

“There’s the obvious advantage of being able to communicate with many more people, of course, but knowing a second, or third or fourth, language, however rudimentary one’s vocabulary, also opens up the world in ways that are often unquantifiable.

This most recent piece I read recounts the visit to Florida International University by a California professor who has co-authored a book on the performance of bilingual workers in an increasingly globalized labor market. ‘Those who learned English and maintain their native language earn more, have higher-status jobs,’ Patricia Gandara said.”

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Languages do matter!


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