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The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit

Strategies for Maintaining a Competitive Edge in a Globalized World

Authors: Stein-Smith, Kathleen

  • Offers a compelling analysis of the failure of United States policy makers, educators and American citizens to recognize the importance of learning foreign languagesIssues a challenge for all Americans to become less “tongue-tied” but instead to embrace a foreign language and culture
  • Outlines a focused set of steps which can be undertaken from the local level to the national level to remedy this deficit in foreign language fluency
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About this book

This volume explores why Americans are among the least likely in the world to speak another language and how this U.S. foreign language deficit negatively impacts national and economic security, business and career prospects. Stein-Smith exposes how individuals are disadvantaged through their inability to effectively navigate the global workplace and multicultural communities, how their career options are limited by the foreign language deficit, and even how their ability to enjoy travel abroad and cultural pursuits is diminished. Through exploring the impact of the U.S. foreign language deficit, the author speaks to the stakeholders and partners in the campaign for foreign languages, offering guidance on what can and should be done to address it. She examines the next steps needed to develop specific career pathways that will meet the current and future needs of government, business, and industry, and empower foreign language learners through curriculum and career preparation.

About the authors

Kathleen Stein-Smith is Associate University Librarian at Fairleigh Dickinson University — Metropolitan Campus, USA, and Chair of AATF Commission on Advocacy and member of ATA Education & Pedagogy Committee. She has taught foreign languages at high school and college level, taught adult learners, delivered TEDx talk on the U.S. foreign language deficit, and is author of 2 books and several articles.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • The Current Status of Languages in the United States

    Stein-Smith, Kathleen

    Pages 3-11

  • The Extent and Impact of the U.S. Foreign Language Deficit

    Stein-Smith, Kathleen

    Pages 13-22

  • The Career Connection—Foreign Languages as a Career Asset: The Importance of Foreign Language Knowledge and Intercultural Competence

    Stein-Smith, Kathleen

    Pages 23-32

  • The Importance of Foreign Language Skills in International Education and Education for Global Citizenship

    Stein-Smith, Kathleen

    Pages 37-47

  • A Brief History of Foreign Language Learning in the United States

    Stein-Smith, Kathleen

    Pages 49-57

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-34159-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $69.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-34158-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $69.99
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 17, 2018
  • ISBN 978-3-319-81691-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit
Book Subtitle
Strategies for Maintaining a Competitive Edge in a Globalized World
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-34159-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-34159-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-34158-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81691-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 123
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