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TSG UPDATE: Utah Governor testifies about language

On February 5, 2013, the House Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing on the Challenges and Opportunities Facing America’s Schools and Workplaces. The headline witness was Governor Herbert from Utah. He highlighted UT’s Dual Immersion Language (DLI) program as one of three key state initiatives in which they link education and workplace needs. Herbert stated that the efforts (along with STEM, and a post-secondary initiative) produce a strong state that attracts business. The Governor promoted the acquisition of strong student data related to language learning (ie. students perform better, have better attention control, and increased problem solving abilities). 

An excerpt from Governor Herbert's speech:

The third initiative I wish to highlight today is Utah’s expansion of dual immersion education. Utah’s dual immersion programs in Spanish, French, and Chinese teach our students cultural literacy and prepare them for a global economy. Dual immersion students also perform better on standardized testing. They show improved memory skills, better attention-control, and higher problem-solving ability.
 
Utah is a leader in foreign language classes. In fact, one third of all Mandarin Chinese classes taught in the entire United States are taught in Utah. You may be surprised to know that there are 658 languages spoken in Utah. A large component of that is our culture; we have many residents who serve a Mormon mission for the LDS Church and they often gain language skills abroad.
 
Our multi-lingual students become a key part of our workforce, and that attracts business to our state, including Goldman Sachs, whose Utah office is its second largest in the America’s and fastest growing in the world.
 
Date: 
Monday, March 25, 2013