Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Kathy’s article, “Beyond Foreign Languages: Foreign Language as a Global Competency in International Education,” in International Educator, May/June 2016

“Students from around the world—some with limited English proficiency—come to our campuses, and U.S. students—in increasing numbers and generally speaking only English—prepare for study abroad.

In a globalized world, with only approximately 10 percent of U.S. undergraduate students studying abroad, it is imperative to expand international education both in terms of more flexible study abroad options so that more students will have the opportunity to study abroad and more importantly, in terms of international education on our campuses through internationalization of the curriculum, which would include courses with an international focus as well as an increased presence of foreign languages.”

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Languages do matter!


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