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Editorial: Learning one language isn’t enough, Iowa

The Des Moines Register – Editorial

“As the U.S. lags other countries in language learning, Iowa has fallen behind its neighboring states. About 15 percent of Iowa’s K-12 students were enrolled in a foreign language course in 2014-15, according to a report published by the American Councils for International Education and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. That puts Iowa 35th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia, and near the bottom in the Midwest. Nebraska, the Dakotas and Missouri have a higher percentage of students learning a foreign language. Evidence shows that the earlier students get instruction in a foreign language, the more likely they will become proficient and the better they will do academically overall. Yet Iowa districts are not required to offer courses until high school. Most elementary schools offer nada.”(more)

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