Language Learning on Campus and Beyond – Heritage Languages, Independent Learning, and 21st Century Skills for All

Kathleen Stein Smith


Language skills and cultural knowledge are essential in a globalized and interconnected world, and in an increasingly multilingual society. US students lag behind in language learning, partly due to lack of access and opportunity, and educators can play a key role in empowering all interested students to develop their language skills. Language educators and college faculty can play a leadership role in support of heritages languages and heritage language learning, the development of independent study skills for all, and the development of free online language learning materials. Online programs can play a significant role in increasing access and affordability of language learning for all. Language educators can work both within their institutions and in partnership with language stakeholder groups, including parents, to increase sustainable motivation for languages, language learning, and language use, both in-person and online.

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International Journal of Contemporary Education

ISSN 2575-3177 (Print)   ISSN 2575-3185 (Online)

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