Some parts of Kentucky have inadequate second language education programs which are not preparing students for entering a globalized, increasingly interconnected world. As American companies continue to increase overseas relations and immigration increases, more and more jobs are opening up for those with multilingual skills. In order to change the outlook for our students, Kentucky needs to change how second language education works within the state. This can be achieved by improving current programs with more classes and a wider variety of languages, introducing new programs into elementary and middle schools, increasing the number of dual language immersion programs in the state, and holding school districts accountable for the proficiency of their students in foreign languages.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2014


Abbey Poffenberger

Department/Professional Affiliation

Languages, Cultures, and Humanities

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Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Languages, Cultures, and Humanities

Department Name when Degree Awarded

Foreign Languages and Humanities