World Languages and International Education

Posted: Mon, 10/10/2011 - 10:53am Updated: Tue, 05/20/2014 - 9:38am

Learning another language enriches our lives and prepares us to meaningfully interact with our neighbors both at home and abroad. In addition to being in the public and national interest because of positive economic effects, knowledge of other languages increases intellectual abilities and provides avenues for understanding other cultures. Improved language competencies enable nations to enact more effective trade policies, expand international business opportunities, and conduct diplomacy. In addition, acquiring other languages allows people to access and interpret ideas from around the world, leading to the development of truly global citizens.

World Languages Educators on the Learning Connection

For more information and resources for teachers, please join the IDOE - World Languages and Cultures Community on the Learning Connection.

International Education and Exchange Programs

International Education encompasses world languages and cultural learning, exposure to global issues and challenges, study and internships abroad, and international exchanges of students, professionals and ideas in the classroom, in the workplace, and in the virtual world. International Education includes learning about effective education policies and practices abroad that we might adopt to improve education.

Resources and Documents

General World Language and International Education Resources

Professional Organizations