June 10, 2012

MLA Statement on Language Learning and United States National Policy

The Modern Language Association’s Executive Council has released a statement: “Language Learning and United States National Policy.” It begins as follows:

“The MLA regards the learning of languages other than English as vital to an understanding of the world; such learning serves as a portal to the literatures, cultures, historical perspectives, and human experiences that constitute the human record. Pragmatically, we believe in the value of becoming part of a global conversation in which knowledge of English is often not enough, and the security and future of our country depend on accurately understanding other cultures through their linguistic and cultural practices.”

Read the full statement at http://www.mla.org/new_from_mla/www.mla.org/ec_us_language_policy

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