While reading this article I was very surprised to see that multilingualism is less prominent in Americans as compared to Europeans (about 56% are considered to be proficient in at least two languages). What is causing Americans to be reluctant in learning or even speaking another language? Is it due to the fact that Americans feel more patriotic than other countries or is that the ignorance that Americans have more so than other countries? Even our neighbors up north, Canada, have more than double the amount of people who are proficient in at least two languages (about 35%). The answer cannot be because American is a monolingual country.
The multilingual benefits stated in this article along with the texts that we have read in class (most specifically Canagarajah) clearly depict the advantage that multilingual students and even multilingual adults have as compared to peers who aren’t proficient in at least two languages. I believe the American culture should take a stance and move towards being more open-minded when thinking about and learning new languages. These new languages can contribute to various cultural and cognitive benefits. “The National Security education program seeks to change America’s monolingual culture by awarding more than 4,200 scholarships and fellowships to U.S. citizens to study critical languages and cultures.”
Article Citation: "Global Languages Initiative » Benefits of Multilingualism." Global Languages Initiative » Benefits of Multilingualism. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2015.