The State of Languages in the U.S.: A Statistical Portrait

The State of Languages in the U.S.: A Statistical Portrait. American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 2016

While English continues to be the lingua franca for world trade and diplomacy, there is an emerging consensus among leaders in business and politics, teachers, scientists, and community members that proficiency in English is not sufficient to meet the nation’s needs in a shrinking world.

This report summarizes the nation’s current language capacity, focusing on the U.S. education system. The disparity between our goals—most notably the preparation of citizens who can thrive in the twenty-first century—and the nation’s current capacity in languages will be the subject of a forthcoming report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Commission on Language Learning. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

[PDF format, 28 pages, 1.39 MB].

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