March 25, 2010
Foreign Languages Department Head speaks
to Rotary International
Dr. Ruth E. Smith discussed the importance of educating more students in a variety of languages to better meet the need of companies working internationally. She was invited to speak on March 9 about the impact of business globalization.
“In the past few years national leaders in business and government circles have been stressing the importance of language study if the U. S. economy is going to expand,” said Smith. “The markets are more and more competitive, and international cultural awareness is vital.”
Smith highlighted changes in pedagogy and approaches to increase the proficiency levels of students, largely due to guidelines developed by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages.
With a Web site dedicated to communications in eight languages, Rotary International has a long history of association with other countries, and over the years it has awarded significant scholarships for students to study abroad.
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