Benefits of Foreign Languages

A recent article in the Washington Post (“Why we need foreign-language classes in public schools”, December 1, 2009), written by a research associate for the Center for Applied Linguistic, mentioned that only fifteen percent of U.S. public elementary schools are teaching foreign languages but that other nations (including English-speaking ones) have made learning foreign languages a priority for their students starting at an early age.  The benefits in this kind of program, the author argued, are enormous.  For example, students who study foreign languages “outperform their monolingual peers on a wide range of academic achievement tests and experience cognitive benefits, such as increased problem-solving, creative, verbal and spatial abilities.”  Given that students in the U.S. are forced into taking standardized tests like the SAT and ACT for college entry, shouldn’t our school systems advocate for early foreign language training? Just a thought.   What do you think?

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s