The Foreign Language Deficit: A Problem in Search of an Obvious Solution
by Rosemary C. Salomone - January 28, 2011
In a recent speech on the nation's persistent foreign language deficit, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan affirmed that the Administration's "Blueprint for Reform" proposes to merge the current Foreign Language Assistance Program into a larger competitive program promoting a "well rounded education." This commentary argues for continuing to allocate targeted funds for foreign languages and most especially for programs that develop the bilingual potential of students from foreign-born families, a population typically overlooked in debates over foreign language teaching and learning.
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