Americans and Learning a Second Language

Learning a second language is not necessarily required or expected of students in America — but virtually everywhere else in the world, it is. What factors determine what second languages Americans choose to learn?


Rosemary Feal, executive director of the Modern Language Association

Michael Long, professor of Second Language Acquisition, and Director of the University of Maryland's School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Richard Brecht, executive director of the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language



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