Arizona schools increase language instruction in response to workforce needs, global economy

| March 15, 2017

By David Marino Jr. • Arizona Education News Service • Arizona School Boards Association

The number of elementary and middle schools in the nation offering world languages declined from 1996 to 2007, but an increasing number of Arizona schools are providing language instruction in the early grades primarily because the ability to communicate in another language can lead to higher wages in the global economy.

While English continues to be the dominant language of world trade and diplomacy, there is emerging consensus among leaders in many fields that speaking English exclusively does not meet America’s needs in a shrinking world, according to a recent report by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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