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GALA to Participate at International Forum on Barriers to Language Education

Monday, 23 September, 2013

Why aren’t more Americans speaking foreign languages?


COLLEGE PARK, MD. – 23 September 2013 – The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) will convene an international forum on language education and policy entitled “Languages for All? The Anglophone Challenge” on Monday, September 30, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Marriott Inn & Conference Center, University of Maryland University College, 3501 University Blvd East, Hyattsville, Md.


Government, education, and industry leaders will examine the feasibility of breaking down language learning barriers at every level—from when an American enters preschool to their college graduation and transition to the workforce. The forum asks whether the latest developments in the field have affected decisions to support increased language learning. GALA CEO, Hans Fenstermacher, along with panelists including representatives from two GALA member companies (JNCL-NCIS and ManpowerGroup), will participate in a discussion on the rationale for language education advocacy. For more information about the program, or to view the live-streamed proceedings, visit http://www.casl.umd.edu/lfa.


About GALA

The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) is the worldwide voice for the language industry and a resource for the language business. The association supports its members and the language industry by creating communities, championing standards, sharing knowledge, and advancing technology. GALA is the world’s largest localization trade association with around 360 member companies from over 60 countries. More information: www.gala-global.org.



About CASL

CASL conducts unprecedented, academically rigorous research in language and cognition that supports national security. CASL research is interdisciplinary and collaborative, bringing together people from the government, academia, and the private sector. CASL research is both strategic and tactical, so that it not only advances areas of knowledge, but also directly serves the critical needs of the nation. For more information, visit www.casl.umd.edu