These are the 5 most in-demand K-12 languages

Rosetta Stone releases a list of the most popular U.S., global language learning programs

Foreign language skills are increasingly important for students to have as they enter college or the workforce, and technology-based programs have made learning new languages easier for students.

“As shifting demographics, globalization and the adoption of cost-efficient technology-based products continue to increase, so does the need and demand for world languages,” said Judy Verses, president of technology-based learning solutions provider Rosetta Stone’s Global Enterprise & Education Division. “Equipping students with language enables them to differentiate themselves from other candidates in a competitive job market and, ultimately, positions them for professional success.”

Verses noted ELL (English Language Learning) students represent the fastest growing segment of the K-12 population and it is predicted that this segment will grow to 40 percent by 2030.

Rosetta Stone gathered a list of its five most popular languages learned by K-12 school districts, both in the U.S. and globally.

In the U.S.:

  • Spanish (featuring Latin American grammar and vocabulary as opposed to Castilian)
  • English (American)
  • French
  • Spanish (Spain)
  • German

On a global scale, the list was the same, with the exception of English (British) replacing German.

With language proficiency becoming an increasingly desirable skill for 21st-century jobs, Rosetta Stone aims to offer innovative, online instruction to help students build speaking confidence and to become engaged in the curriculum while preparing them for success in the multilingual, global economy that awaits them.

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