Student Voices: High Schoolers’ Insights into World Language Learning

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About the Authors

Tom Welch, educational consultant, is a former French teacher, high school principal, and state foreign language supervisor at the Kentucky Department of Education. He currently advocates for increased opportunities for learning unbound by traditional limits of time or place. 

Nancy Rhodes, CAL senior fellow, served as CAL’s director of foreign/world language education for 18 years and currently works to develop teacher capacity to improve student language proficiency and academic performance.

About CAL

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1959. Headquartered in Washington, DC, CAL has earned an international reputation for its contributions to the fields of bilingual and dual-language education, English as a second language, world languages education, language policy, assessment, immigrant and refugee integration, literacy, dialect studies, and the education of linguistically and culturally diverse adults and children. CAL’s mission is to promote language learning and cultural understanding by serving as a trusted resource for research, services, and policy analysis. Through its work, CAL seeks solutions to issues involving language and culture as they relate to access and equity in education and society around the globe.

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Suggested citation: Welch, T., & Rhodes, N. (2021). Student voices: High schoolers’ insights into world language learning.
Center for Applied Linguistics.

External Resources

While world languages have been in the curriculum for a long time, schools have long struggled to equip students with the skills to understand and communicate effectively with people of other cultures. One challenge in particular, appropriate methods for helping students learn languages, is the subject of the new CAL Practitioner Brief, Student Voices: High Schoolers' Insights into World Language Learning. Explore the classroom from the learner's perspective on the current state of high school language learning.