Why Study A Foreign Language?
Personal, professional, social and economic considerations all point to the advantages of learning foreign languages. Seeing the world from the perspective of another culture prepares our youth for education beyond high school, and for life in the 21st century, a time when we live in an ever-connected and ever-complex global society.
Through immersion in language and culture, including...
- Current Topics
...Students see how people their age in other parts of the globe approach the same life questions, opportunities and problems.
According to the CIA World Fact Book, only 5.6 percent of the world's total population speaks English as a primary language.
A myriad of businesses, industries and agencies have a need for people with foreign language skills:
- Government Agencies
- Travel Industry
- International Law
- Public Policy
- Scientific Research
- Service Sector
Knowing more than one language enhances opportunities in all these fields.
Improved Test Scores
Research has shown that math and verbal SAT scores increase with each additional year of foreign language study by improving analytic and interpretive capacities. Most colleges and universities require a minimum of two years of high school foreign language instruction for admission. Knowledge of a foreign language and culture is considered to be part of what every educated person should know.
Students attaining proficiency in a foreign language will be well on their way to becoming 21st-century world citizens, prepared for college and the world beyond.