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78 Priority Languages in the US: Less Commonly Taught But Critical

25 May

Section 601(c)(1) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) requires that the consult with Federal agency heads in order to receive recommendations regarding areas of national need for expertise in foreign languages and world regions. The Secretary may take those recommendations into account when identifying areas of national need for the International Education Programs authorized by Title VI of the HEA and administered by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE). See HEA, Sec. 601(c) (20 U.S.C. 1121 (c)). What follows are the seventy-eight priority languages that are less commonly taught, as identified by the Secretary:

  1. Akhan (Twi-Fante)
  2. Albanian
  3. Amharic
  4. Arabic (all dialects)
  5. Armenian
  6. Azeri (Azerbaijani)
  7. Balochi
  8. Bamanakan (Bamana, Bambara, Mandikan, Mandingo, Maninka, Dyula)
  9. Belarusian
  10. Bengali (Bangla)
  11. Berber (all languages)
  12. Bosnian
  13. Bulgarian
  14. Burmese
  15. Cebuano (Visayan)
  16. Chechen
  17. Chinese, Cantonese
  18. Chinese, Gan
  19. Chinese, Mandarin
  20. Chinese, Min
  21. Chinese, Wu
  22. Croatian
  23. Dari
  24. Dinka
  25. Georgian
  26. Gujarati
  27. Hausa
  28. Hebrew, Modern
  29. Hindi
  30. Igbo
  31. Indonesian
  32. Japanese
  33. Javanese
  34. Kannada
  35. Kashmiri
  36. Kazakh
  37. Khmer (Cambodian)
  38. Kirghiz
  39. Korean
  40. Kurdish ¡V Kumanji
  41. Kurdish ¡V Sorani
  42. Lao
  43. Malay (Bahasa Melayu or Malaysian)
  44. Malayalam
  45. Marathi
  46. Mongolian
  47. Nepali
  48. Oromo
  49. Panjabi
  50. Pashto
  51. Persian (Farsi)
  52. Polish
  53. Portuguese
  54. Quechua
  55. Romanian
  56. Russian
  57. Serbian
  58. Sinhala (Sinhalese)
  59. Somali
  60. Swahili
  61. Tagalog
  62. Tajik
  63. Tamil
  64. Telugu
  65. Thai
  66. Tibetan
  67. Tigrigna
  68. Turkish
  69. Turkmen
  70. Ukrainian
  71. Urdu
  72. Uyghur/Uigur
  73. Uzbek
  74. Vietnamese
  75. Wolof
  76. Xhosa
  77. Yoruba
  78. Zulu