• Is Learning a Language Other Than English Worthwhile?

The New York Times – Room for Debate – By Multiple Authors Is Learning a Language Other Than English Worthwhile?

In a recent essay in The Times, Lawrence Summers, the former president of Harvard University, wrote about preparing American students for the future. In the essay, he said that international experience was essential, arguing that English’s emergence as the global language makes the investment in other languages less essential.

Does he have a point? Even though Americans aren’t as monolingual as you might think, is learning a language other than English a worthwhile investment?

 

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