New Jersey Students Take Foreign Language Serious
New Jersey is well known for its education system and why wouldn't anyone want to take pride in that? Did you know that NJ is the state that has the largest percentage of students taking a foreign language class? The state of New Jersey beats every other state with 51% of students enrolled in a foreign language class. Washington D.C is second with the closest percentage of 47%.
The executive director of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Marty Abbott, said to NJ.com, "The more diverse communities we have, the more awareness we can build."
Many foreign languages are being taught from K-12. Over three hundred thousand students are enrolled in Spanish, making it the most taken foreign language by students in New Jersey.
Close to 33% percent of the Garden State’s residents speak a second language in their homes. That puts New Jersey close to being at the top of having the most residents that do not speak English.