NBCT: Why language study is key to global competitiveness

02/28/2011 | Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The

Language learning is essential to ensuring global competence and national security, writes Clarissa Adams Fletcher, a National Board Certified Teacher and the 2011 National Language Teacher of the Year for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Fletcher advocates in this article for early and consistent access to sequenced language study for K-12 students to prepare them for a professional world that will require them to communicate in languages other than English. Language study also can help develop students' 21st-century skills and offer them a better understanding of other cultures, she writes.

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