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Why American students need to learn a second language

Florida Today – Terri Friedlander

“Trivia question: What language is the most widely spoken in the world? By virtue of population, it’s Mandarin Chinese. Although English is traditionally considered the language of business, Spanish is spoken by 48.6 million people in the US, and Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. English is the third. For some American students, completing two years of another language is a struggle.  Because the system is not geared to teaching a second language with the purpose of using it as a life skill, just like Math or Sciences or English, the motivation is often not there.” (more)

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