"Spanish is the second-most popular language in the country. It's important that non-Latinos learn it as well as their kids," he said.
Gioia's parents are second-generation Italians but only spoke English at home.
"And, with the way the country is changing, we will need Spanish to communicate with newcomers, business if involved with Latin America and even job opportunities. I know I want my kids to be multilingual," he said.
Carter, the language researcher, sums it up: "What is happening is simply a function of immigration, related as it is to the globalized economy, etc.
"As a linguist, the big story is that Spanish is being lost at the same time that new immigration continues to make the language a viable, visible and important language in the U.S."