"Why Americans are Not Bilingual", a Faculty Lecture at University College at Rockland Monday March 3 at Noon

Photo by: University College at Rockland Yarissa Ortiz-Vidal will offer a free one-hour lecture at URock on March 3 on our "linguistically malnourished culture".

The United States of America is still being referred to as a nation of second-language illiterates, as linguistically malnourished, as in essence a monolingual nation.  Approximately 82% of Americans are monolingual and only 9% of Americans who speak a second language are highly proficient.  In comparison, 50% of Europeans speak a second language fluently. Why, despite several educational reforms in an era of globalization, is second-language instruction not a priority as it is in other nations around the world?  This presentation seeks an answer with a review of research regarding native English speakers and their exposure to second-language instruction.

Please join Adjunct Professor of Spanish, Yarissa Ortiz-Vidal at University College at Rockland on Monday, March 3 from noon to 1:00PM for this provocative discussion.  This session is free and open to the public.

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