We told these American college students studying in Israel that they’d be speaking to the State Department spokesperson at their seminar… Surprise! Secretary Kerry stopped by for a chat as well.
Throughout my travels as an Under Secretary, I have been constantly reminded of the magnetism of English language learning.
From Ethiopia to Istanbul, from Lahore to Tokyo, the young people I have met who study English have been eager to demonstrate their skills. High school students in Ukraine sang songs to me in English. College students in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, asked me to read their English essays. In the Dominican Republic, young people proudly showed their handiness at playing “Trace Effects,” our online English-learning videogame. And in these upturned faces, I also saw growing self-belief and excitement about new possibilities ahead. MORE