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Foreign Language in Schools

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Taylor Haller

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Foreign Language in Schools
Mental Benefits
Increased ability to learn own language
Increased ability to learn other foreign language
Bilinguals better at solving other mental puzzles
Decreased rate of Alzheimer's and Dementia
Increases brains ability to execute mentally demanding tasks
Better able to monitor surroundings
Critics say...
Higher rate of distraction
Slow intellectual growth
Some students have a natural aptitude for foreign language
Taylor Haller
Corri Wilkinson
Teresa Colella
Brandon Flores
Jeseyra Pacheco
Financial Aspects of Foreign Language in Schools
Those Who Agree with the Superintendents...
down sized foreign language classes due to much emphasis being placed on higher achievement in core subjects.
hard to employ teachers with reduced budgets
halted growth of foreign language classes until the economy takes a positive hike.
However...
Increases ability to multitask and sift through distractions and increased level of inhibition
Increases ability to focus
Bilingual pay differentiates by five to twenty percent more an hour then mono-lingual counterparts.
can help strengthen ties with countries we rely on.
“In many cultures, a lot of business does not get done around the business table, it gets done in side conversations and social situations…If you can’t participate in those discussions... you get left out.” Marty Abbott, director of American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
However...
-By not providing foreign language in school, the children will fall below the bar the state of Chicago has set, as it is continually implementing foreign language in class. (45 schools,12000 kids)
-If a child can potentially earn more money due to taking the language classes. It should be considered a "core" subject, meaning the classes wouldn't be downsized or cut because they would now be considered essential and could be fit into the budget..
Why Should Foreign Language Classes Be Mandatory in School?
The United States is a country founded on many cultures coming together as one.
As teenagers, we are third or fourth generation immigrants ourselves
Common words used in the English language such as shampoo, balcony, fetus, alligator, alcohol and coyote are from languages like Italian, Spanish, Latin and Arabic which are taught in schools.
English is not the most used language, it is actually Mandarin Chinese
Foreign languages should be taught in schools because it increases mental health by helping others understand different cultures, provide a better understanding of the English language and education and improve business between Americans as well as foreign countries.
Some Students May Say.....
You never will fully master a foreign language
It just adds extra workload for the children
Only taking the course because of a school requirement
However....
Learning a language in elementary school increases the fluency of a language
The younger you are the easier it is to absorb information
Only 25% of elementary schools teach foreign language
In Conclusion
Learning a foreign language creates many business opportunities; meaning lowering the about 17 trillion dollar debt and unemployment rates
Foreign languages can help one understand the roots of their own language
Lessens the risk of getting dementia or Alzheimer’s disease at an old age
Helps our youth understand different cultures that have made America what it is today
Bilingual Education
In these programs, students develop a dual language proficiency by receiving instruction in English for part of the academic day, and the other part in the target language i.e. Chinese, Italian, Spanish, French, etc.
These two-way programs provide both sets of students (native and non-native English speakers) with ample exposure to the two languages, allowing them to progress academically in both languages and gain an appreciation of another culture.
English speakers achieve well academically in an immersion environment
Various reports and statistics reveal that the two-way approach is effective not only in the teaching of the two languages to both language groups but also in the development of academic excellence
Today, parents are now choosing to raise bilingual children, whether as a one-up for college applications or to encourage them to be global citizens.
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