The purpose of our advocacy section is to provide news and information about the state of world language education in general, as well as Spanish and Portuguese in particular, in the hopes of promoting the study of languages and cultures at all levels.
Here we share possible advocacy projects, describe ideas on how to create or build upon programs, demonstrate ways to influence language policy, and finally, acknowledge the benefits of the Spanish and Portuguese languages.
MLA Statement on Electronic Publications
The AATSP supports the MLA's 2015 statement on electronic publications. Click here to view the entire statement.
Why Everyone Should Learn a Second Language
Writer Kayla Matthews provides an overview of the advantages of being multilingual in today's world.
A Dialogue on the Emerging Economic Value Of Spanish in the United States
Two reports from the A Dialogue on the Emerging Economic Value Of Spanish in the United States December 2014 presentation and discussion on the studies made by the Fundación Telefónica:
Click here to access all of Telefónica's publications, including Spanish language versions of the above documents and mobile epub formats.
El español en el mundo: Anuario del Instituto Cervantes 2013
Click here to access recent regional reports on the use of Spanish from Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, and the United States, in addition to valuable articles on language, politics, culture, and other topics from a variety of sources.
Language and Innovation
October 2014. After submitting a reply to the Office of Science & Technology's request for information regarding the American Strategy for Innovation, JNCL-NCLIS has prepare this short summary of the arguments for language as an essential element in a national innovation strategy. Click here to read the brief.
Why Your Kids Should Learn A Second Language
This site provides statistics and other research on the benefits of language
learning for elementary-age students.
Click here for more information.
The following article promotes the study of world languages in general, the study of Spanish in particular, and study abroad for all students.
Go West, Young People! And East!
New York Times
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Click here to view the entire article.
How Language Seems to Shape One's View of the World
How do we support world language learning?
The benefits of any world language education program are numerous and widespread. Learning a second or third language has led to improvements in many different ways, including those that are directly correlated to a student's success as an adult. Understanding other languages and cultures can:
- build cultural sensitivity and intercultural relations,
- develop basic skills,
- lead to higher standardized test scores,
- improve cognitive development,
- benefit critical thinking,
- provide employment opportunities,
- facilitate travel,
- and lead to higher pay.
If the goal of any educational system is to produce well-rounded and productive members of society, it goes without saying that world language education is an integral part of the process. The U.S. is the only industrialized nation that routinely graduates students from high school with knowledge of only one language. We cannot send students into the world as monolinguals and feel confident that, with its ever-growing global interconnectedness, they will be economically secure or culturally aware.
Competence in other languages is no longer frivolous; it is fundamental.