The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce that February has been designated as Discover Languages month by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Discover Languages is a national public awareness campaign that began in 2005: The Year of Languages. The Discover Languages Web site at http://www.discoverlanguages.
In today’s increasingly interconnected world, Virginia’s students must become informed global participants. Technological advances in communication within the last few years have brought the world into our homes. Combined with a renewed emphasis on international cooperation, it has never been more important for our students to learn additional languages. The benefits of proficiency in other languages range from the practicality of being able to communicate and efficiently conduct international business to supporting academic achievement and other cognitive benefits. Individuals who are proficient in other languages can better understand the world around them and their place in it. The Discover Languages Web page above maintains information about these and other benefits of language learning.