From “Foreign Languages” to “World Languages” within U.S. Institutions: Abandoning Misleading Terminologies
Keywords:foreign language, world language, label, monolingualism, multilingualism
This article unpacks “foreign” in “foreign language education”, demonstrating that the term marginalizes, misrepresents, and misleads the U.S. towards a less interculturally competent version of itself. Instead of foreign, “world languages” is better reflective of the country’s rich cultural diversity and linguistic landscape, while honoring -not othering- its multilingual inhabitants.
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