How Languages Build Economies:
- Employees who speak a second language often earn more than monolinguals.
- The ability to speak a second language often positively affects earnings both directly and indirectly through educational achievement, a wider range of opportunities for involvement in local and global markets, and by signalling enhanced communicative and cognitive abilities and skills to potential employers.
- Second-language skills afford individuals greater mobility in both local and international markets and allow them to serve a wider range of clientele.
- Second-language skills are often highly valued and expected by potential employers.
- Second-language skills have large-scale economic benefits, as they make businesses more competitive in the global economy and boost international trade.
The above statements come from the Literature on the Impact of Second-Language Learning (2017).
Read Why Learn Languages? Languages Build Economies – a short summary of the benefits of learning a second language.
Read research-based articles on how language learning builds economies:
- Office of the Commissioner of Officials Languages for New Brunswick: Two Languages: It's Good for Business
- Quartz: People who speak multiple languages make the best employees for one big reason