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Why Study a Foreign Language?
Now more than ever, Foreign Languages are an indispensable aspect of a student’s education. Why
should your child take a foreign language in High School? Here are just a few things to consider.
First, knowledge of a foreign language and culture increases a student’s employability in the real world.
In Georgia alone, there are thousands of multinational and foreign owned businesses who are hiring the students that
are graduating from our school system. Increasingly, as the job market tightens, these firms are seeking
employees who have experience with another language and culture. If you step beyond the borders of the
United States, you will quickly realize how far behind in language learning we are as a nation. It is without
question, a matter of economic and national security.
Secondly, a growing number of colleges and universities in Georgia have a Foreign Language requirement.
The fact is a student who graduates High School without Foreign Language experience is at a disadvantage when it comes
to being admitted to the college of their choice. As the number of students applying for colleges in Georgia
increases, those colleges can be more selective by raising their standards of admission. A student who
has two or more years of a Foreign Language stands a better chance of being selected. This is especially
true of our larger state Universities.
as volumes of education research attest to, learning a second language improves the overall academic performance of High School
students. Foreign Language is inherently interdisciplinary in nature. This means that
in the Foreign Language classroom, Teachers have the flexibility of teaching all subjects, such as art, science, history and
math. Language communicates information and thereby reinforces the entire curriculum. Through
the lens of a Foreign Language, students gain a better understanding of the mechanics, syntax and grammar of their own language.
They attain a point of reference or comparison for their own language and culture. It enables students
to learn to think in a different way, not to mention other skills, such as critical thinking, map skills, geography, writing
skills and numerous others.
fourth aspect of language learning that is often overlooked is the incredible amount of self confidence that learning a Foreign
Language gives a student. It becomes something that sets them apart from the crowd. Students
are quickly able to reach a level of proficiency that exceeds the knowledge of their parents. Students
feel special because they have mastered something that many find very difficult. Students often refer to
this as that cool feeling when they understand what a language teacher is saying, even though no one else does.
Finally, there are many misconceptions
about Foreign Language learning. Parents should understand that if you added the total time a student spends
in the Foreign Language classroom in the course of the first year of language learning, it would amount to a little over a
solid week of exposure. How long does it take a person to learn English? Our colleagues
overseas have long been aware of this fact. In Germany, they begin learning English in the 5th
grade and by the time they have graduated, they have had a total of seven years of language instruction. Is
it any wonder then, that they are able to produce more language? I would therefore encourage all students
and parents to consider taking a 3rd and 4th year of a Foreign Language.
So you already have some perfectly
good reasons for learning German ... Maybe you want to be able to communicate with relatives, or to travel to Germany during
your summer break, or prepare yourself for study in a German-speaking country. Maybe a German exchange student sparked your
interest, or you have a friend who recommended it, or you just like the way the language sounds. Just in case you need some
reassurance in your decision or the final push toward taking the plunge, below are 12 more solid reasons why learning
German may be a good choice for you.