Dr Kathleen Stein-Smith received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Union Institute & University. Dr Stein-Smith is Associate University Librarian and Director of Public Services, Frank Giovatto Library; and Adjunct Faculty at the Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.2013 0-7734-4545-5
How has the American deficiency in foreign language study affected foreign policy, diplomacy, the economy, and most of all national security. This book showcases how the use of a second language can be helpful in political and economic circumstances. Various policy initiatives are analyzed to discuss their efficiency in bringing languages to American citizens. A recent study found that only 25% of Americans are fluent in a foreign language. Stein-Smith argues that once you remove the first generation immigrant population from those numbers you are left with an extremely negligible number of citizens who can functionally speak a foreign language. This is problematic for many social, political, and economic reasons. In a globalizing world America needs to be competitive by teaching foreign languages to its populace.2013 0-7734-4302-9
An urgent and compelling examination of the foreign language deficit facing the U.S. In an ever expanding global marketplace this is a
must-read for government leaders, educators, business leaders and the U.S. public in general.