Most European students are learning a foreign language in school while Americans lag
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Posted by: Dana Walker
Students throughout the United States and Europe face many similar tasks throughout their
education, from preparing for exams to writing papers. But there are glaring differences when it comes to foreign language education – or lack thereof – and the result is that far lower shares of American students study a foreign language.
Learning a foreign language is a nearly ubiquitous experience for students throughout Europe, driven in part by the fact that most European countries have national-level mandates for formally studying languages in school. No such national standard exists in the U.S., where requirements are mostly set at the school district or state level.