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The Next America 2012 / THE NEXT AMERICA

The Language of Success

A summer supplement to National Journal.

July 26, 2012

In towns of all sizes, on the streets, in churches and parks—not to mention increasingly on TV—you can hear many languages, particularly Spanish. This Next America special supplement to National Journal explores the role of English as lingua franca and raises many hard-to-answer questions about a dominant language in an increasingly diverse democracy. Read more »


Ties That Bind
Cover Story
The Ties That Bind
By Terry Greene Sterling
Uplifting Languages
In Focus
Uplifting Languages
By Stephanie Czekalinski
Alienated America
Alienated America
By Michael Hirsh
Utah: Multilingual Missionaries
By Terry Greene Sterling

INTERACTIVE: Mapping Languages
Get a by-the-numbers view of Limited English Proficiency across America's communities.

GALLERY: Language As America's Glue
Few people disagree that the English language and the "melting pot" culture is indicative of American identify. But the language wars that have escalated are telling a different story.

VIEWPOINT: Language Broadens Definition of 'American'
The coordinator of teacher support and professional development for the Anaheim Union High School District in California discusses what it means to be a third-generation Japanese-American.


PLUS! Online Exclusive:
Montgomery County, Md.: The Intersection of Diversity, Culture and Language
Maryland’s existence as a border state between the north and south has provided a unique perspective. Montgomery County is at the forefront of the diversification of the U.S., boasting the largest English-learning program in the state and one of the most diverse student bodies in the entire nation.

Spring Supplement: Diversity Takes Root


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