NYT debate: English is global, so why learn another language?

Reacting to former Harvard University President Lawrence Summer’s assertion that “English’s emergence as the global language…make it less clear that the substantial investment necessary to speak a foreign tongue is universally worthwhile,” a variety of voices take to the New York Times to debate whether learning another language is necessary or useful.

The verdict? The majority of the debaters conclude that learning a second—or third or fourth—language is indeed necessary and useful: it makes an English speaker more globally competent and thus more attractive to employers; it improves cognitive ability; and it generally makes life more interesting. 

Check out the full debate on the Times website