International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Multilingual Advantage: Foreign Language as a Social Skill in a Globalized World
Kathleen Stein-Smith

In an increasingly globalized and interconnected world, a multilayered contact of local, regional, international languages and linguae franc he is the norm, rather than the exception. Much has been written about the bilingual advantage, but beyond the bilingual advantage lies the multilingual advantage, both for the individual and for society at large. Foreign language skills are the ultimate 21st century social skill, and those who do not possess these skills risk being left behind, in the global marketplace of ideas, in the workplace, and even in social and personal life. Americans are among the least likely in the world to learn a foreign language and have the most to lose in the developing global linguistic scenario. This article examines the nature and importance of multilingualism in a globalized world and the potential consequences for individuals, organizations, and societies who remain resolutely monolingual..

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