Talking Points on Crucial Needs for Foreign Language and International Studies

Talking Points on Crucial Needs for Foreign Language and International Studies

Protect National Security Interests:

Of more than 500,000 American troops deployed to the Persian Gulf, the Department of Defense was able to identify just 45 Unites States military personnel with any Iraqi language background, and only 5 of these were trained in intelligence operations. –“Foreign Language Economic Enhancement Act” The success of our officers overseas depends to a very large extent on intangible psychological and human factors, on feelings of trust and confidence, and on personal rapport. Speaking the other person’s language plays a critical role in this chemistry. ­Adm. Bobby R. Inman, Deputy Director of the CIA . 

Enhance American Economic Competitiveness:

Languages give kids an edge in the job market. You can’t do business around the world without understanding the client. ­ Better Homes and Gardens Language and area studies education creates jobs in America and reduces the U.S. trade deficit by providing the training and expertise that enables U.S. business to penetrate emerging international markets. ­HEA Title VI and Fulbright-Hays 102(b)(6) It is estimated that between 50 and 60 per cent of U.S. corporations that do business abroad do not provide any preparation for expatriates. Consequently, the rate of failure (those who are sent home before their tour is up) is high among U.S. expatriates, ranging from 20% to 50%. That costs approximately $150,000 to $200,000 per expatriate failure ­ more than $2 billion per year. ­ Training and Development Journal More job opportunities exist globally than domestically, and hence there are more opportunities for persons with international education, experience, skills and mindsets. For example, businesspersons bilingual in Spanish and English have dozens of countries in which employment is possible, and are able to transact business with people in even more countries who speak either English or Spanish. ­”International Society for Business Education Newsletter”  

Enhance Cognitive Growth:

Individuals who learn a foreign language gain certain linguistic, cognitive, and social-psychological advantages, including an increase in expressive capacity and an enhancement of their awareness of the subtleties of language. ­ Sense of Congress Resolution Students who study foreign languages score better on SATs than students without those skills. Experts think that’s because these student learned more grammar and vocabulary in language classes.. ­ Better Homes and Gardens.  

Improve Global Communications:

The Internet currently has nearly 30 million users, over half of whom are outside of the United States. ­ Maxwell, David. NFLC Now that trade agreements like GATT and NAFTA are in place, discriminatory trade practices are being eliminated, with the result that the principal obstacle to the export of American service around the world is simply the ability of the professional practitioners to communicate with ordinary people in different cultures. – Brecht and Walton, NFLC