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ERIC Number: EJ858795
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Languages in the Present Tense
Abbott, Martha G.
Principal Leadership, v10 n1 p34-38 Sep 2009
Few would argue that the abilities to communicate with others around the world and to understand their cultures are essential skills for students. In fact, almost any list of 21st century skills and core subjects includes foreign languages. The United States is no longer isolated geographically, economically, or politically from the rest of the world, and business leaders are increasingly demanding that employees bring multilingual skills with them to the workplace. Foreign language skills ensure that U.S. employees can work in multinational companies, no matter where they are based. Language learning in the 21st century is rapidly becoming a 24/7 experience as students avail themselves of the current technologies to interact with others around the world. They have embraced the new communicative language-learning paradigm and understand that multilingual skills are important in building an impressive resume. It is essential that 21st century schools provide a supportive learning environment that is focused on giving all students an opportunity to learn other languages. (Contains 3 online resources.)
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Language: English
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