For as long as I can remember throughout my career as a language educator, I have had to justify to parents, community groups, governing boards, and school and university administrators why languages should be learned and taught. I have had to actively recruit students and communicate to administrators, parents, and students the multiple cognitive, social, health, economic, and professional benefits of knowing a second or third language. Although the positive impact of language learning has increasingly become evident and publicized, and research into language acquisition has informed more effective instructional practices, too often language study is still not recognized as an essential part of an education curriculum. A look back at language teaching and learning in the last 50 years suggests that making the general public aware of the importance of knowing a second or third language and its vital contribution to the well‐being of a peaceful, global society has been and continues to be critical. With increased globalization, migration, and immigration, the power of language has emerged as a crucial venue that connects us with others who have differing worldviews and to embrace differences and negotiate and mediate areas of potential conflict. Equipped with language, we go beyond
Foreign Language Annals – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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