• Why should I study a world language?

     

     Cognitive Benefits

    Language learning enhances higher order thinking skills such as critical thinking, conceptualizing, and reasoning.

    Research says sustained language learning relates positively to higher level thinking skills.

    World language learners demonstrate greater creativity and divergent thinking than monolingual students.

    Language learning promotes flexibility in thinking, sensitivity to language, and better listening skills.

     

    Academic Benefits

    Research demonstrates that students who study a world language improve their scores on the verbal sections of standardized exams, including the SAT and ACT tests. Scores continue to climb with each additional year of language study.

    Students who complete at least four years of world language learning increase their academic skills in other subject areas.

     

    Societal Benefits

    Language learning provides career advantages in local and international marketplace.

    World language learning promotes the acceptance of others and validates the importance of global citizenship.

    Students who learn a second language expand their cultural horizons within and beyond the walls of the classroom.

    Cultural knowledge bridges the distance among global communities.

    Conclusion

    • Learning another language opens the door to other cultures and helps a student understand and appreciate the diversity of people from other countries. 
    • The United States must have quality language programs in our schools, so all students will graduate with the ability to interact linguistically and culturally with people from many countries. The earlier one learns a second language, the better.
    • Students who are competent in at least two languages will dramatically increase the U.S. capabilities in diplomacy, in world trade, and in human understanding.