The World from all Views

Why Study a Foreign Language

Research shows that...

Analyzing skills improve when students study a foreign language.

Business skills plus foreign language skill make an employee more valuable in the marketplace

Creativity is increased with the study of a foreign language.

Dealing with another culture enables people to gain a more profound understanding of their own culture.

English vocabulary skill increases.

Foreign language study creates more positive attitudes and less prejudice toward people who are culturally different.

Graduates often cite foreign language courses as some of the most valuable courses they took in college because of the communication sills they developed in the process.

Higher order thinking skills--like problem solving, dealing with abstract concepts, and inferencing--are increased when you study a foreign language.

International travel is made easier and more pleasant through knowing a foreign language. 

Job mobility and chances for promotion are often attributed to knowledge of a foreign language.

Knowledge of a foreign language promotes understanding of the difficulty immigrants face as they attempt to learn English.

Liberal arts training which includes foreign language study is sought more and more by prospective employers.

Memory is enhanced through foreign language study.

Non-gifted students' ACT scores show that they gain more from foreign language study than gifted students.

Overseas business and joint ventures mean fluency in another language is now practically a requirement for employment in many American corporations.

Personnel in the army are paid more than others if they have foreign language skill.

Quality of English writing among students improves with foreign language.

Reading skill in English improves with foreign language study.

SAT scores are higher for foreign language students, particularly on the English section.

Traveling abroad enhances cultural awareness and self-concept.

Ugly Americanism as s national stereotype is partially based on our belief that the whole world speaks English.

Various verbal and even non-verbal tests of intelligence have shown bilinguals to outperform monolinguals.

Working class students do just as well in foreign language study as middle class students, and there is no difference between genders or races in this area.

EXpertise in a foreign language aids the cognitive development of children.

Years spent studying a foreign language are proportionally correlated with increases in SAT scores.

Zzzzzzzzz...Wake up and smell the café.  There are lots of vocational opportunities for foreign languages speakers from government service to hotel management to Peace Corps service, business, and travel occupations.

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