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U.S. Secretary of Education Urges Biliteracy and Multiliteracy Skills

In an article in the LA Daily News (February 19, 2014), Arne Duncan and Libia S. Gil "challenge our schools and communities to invest in our future leaders with biliteracy and multiliteracy skills." The authors declare that "a world-class education means learning to speak, read and write languages in addition to English." They cite the 4.6 million students learning English as "a valuable yet untapped resource" since they already come to school speaking heritage languages such as Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese.
Arne Duncan is U.S. Secretary of Education. Co-author is Libia S. Gil, Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office of English Language Acquisition in the Department of Education. Read the whole article at http://www.dailynews.com/opinion/20140219/english-learners-an-asset-for-global-multilingual-future