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Promoting Cultural Proficiency to Boost Outcomes for All Students

CFP in Community-Based Learning and Second Language Instruction

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 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.

Career Coach: Thriving in a global marketplace

The Washington Post published this article on November 25, 2016, that examines the importance of language and culture in today's world of work. 

"The intrigue and allure of discovering new parts of the world is one reason many people list travel at the top of their bucket lists. It is also huge draw for career opportunities, especially for millennials entering the workforce seeking adventure and new challenges with global companies. And even for those who don’t seek positions abroad, the demand for international competencies at all firms is growing. According to U.S. Census data, one in three U.S. mid- and large-size companies have international operations or serve multilingual clientele.

Job candidates can set themselves apart by showcasing the global assets they bring to the table. This was the message from participants of a recent panel discussion, “Global Competencies for the 21st Century Workplace,” earlier this month at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. The panelists – all in leadership positions with international firms – had advice for students ready to hit the international job market. So what does a candidate seeking an international career really need?" Read the complete article for details!


Spanish: the global language of the future by Study International News 

Though English remains, for the moment, the primary language of international commerce and pop culture, there’s another language that’s shooting to the top of the popularity charts – and no, it’s not Mandarin.

Spanish is currently one of the most popular languages for students and professionals alike – and it’s only becoming more useful, especially in the United States. Click here to read the complete article.


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!



Nicolas Kristof
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.

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