“Foreign language is crucial to our nation’s
economic competitiveness and national security. Multilingualism enhances
cognitive and social growth, competitiveness in the global marketplace
(four out of five new jobs in the United States are created from foreign
trade), national security, and understanding of diverse people and cultures.
As we approach a new century where global communication will be essential
for survival, we cannot afford the luxury of international ignorance...”
The United States Congress