I can hardly believe that a year has already passed since I had the opportunity to discuss language learning and, even more importantly, the availability of access to language learning with Tanzina Vega on “The Takeaway.”
Access to the opportunity of learning one or more additional languages, a quintessential global competency, is by no means universal in the US, and is actually decreasing in our elementary and middle schools, and on our college and university campuses. Even high school programs are at risk.
There are foreign language advocacy groups at the state, regional, and national level in need of our support and participation.
The time to act is now!
The following is my post from one year ago —
I am so happy to share with you that I was interviewed on the importance of foreign language learning on WNYC radio’s “The Takeaway” by show host Tanzina Vega.
It was a wonderful opportunity to get the word out, especially to parents and communities, not only in the NYC area, but in all the locations throughout the country where “The Takeaway” airs.
While waiting in the “green room,” I had a chance to view the wide range of activities at a busy, and prestigious, radio station on a weekday morning, and I was impressed by the many plaques and trophies for awards won that were on display.
Many thanks to the entire team at WNYC for their warm welcome and for making me feel at home, and special thanks to Tanzina Vega for a wonderful conversation and to producer Alexandra Botti for reaching out to me, for the follow-up, and for the great photos! 🙂
You can listen to the segment @ https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/fewer-americans-have-option-learn-foreign-language-school
Languages do matter!