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Vivian Dang

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Transcript of Languages

Can studying a second language in school heighten a student's achievement in academic areas? Numerous studies showed this to be valid. It was identified by the NCLB (No Child Left Behind act) that foreign languages are a core subject. Unfortunately, only about one-fourth of U.S. public elementary schools report that they teach foreign languages and less than half of all U.S. high school students study foreign languages.
We hope that through this presentation you will understand the problem that we are trying to solve. The issue being confronted is the lack of foreign languages being taught from K-8 in Malden. The only language being taught by Malden Public Schools is Spanish at the Beebe, Forestdale, and Salemwood schools. This is an issue because learning a second languages provides multiple advantages and benefits.
Only about a fourth of the U.S. public elementary schools report teaching foreign languages.
80% of students in Europe speak 2 languages.
Only 14% of U.S. students consider themselves bilingual.
25% of elementary schools and 30 % of middle schools report a shortage of qualified foreign language teachers.
10% of native-born Americans can speak a language other than English.
As a group, we have collectively developed multiple solutions to aid the lack of foreign languages. These solutions include having students teach each other their language during Intervention Challenge (I.C.) block. Having languages as an additional exploratory can also be an option. If this is the case, then the introductory course would be in elementary school, middle school would have intermediate classes and high school would have advanced classes.
No Child Left Behind Act
Road to
Foreign Languages
Ferryway School Languages
Our school is a diverse community. We accept others from multiple cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Each culture and background has a different language that include; Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, Amharic, Arabic, Jamaican, and Thai.


Learning different languages has numerous amounts of benefits, such as...
Vital requirement for numerous jobs
Communication skills
Cultural pluralism
Cultural benefits
Higher scores on Scholastic Aptitude Test (S.A.T.)-since many English words are based on Latin root words
Traveling advantages
The knowledge of a second language opens up a whole new culture of movies, art, and literature
Experiences in learning a second language and learning another culture will facilitate teachers' interactions with their students' learning experience
Learning a second language causes a better understanding for someone who already knows a related language.
A second language promotes cultural awareness and competency
Knowing multiple languages is important in our society. Languages help develop a brighter future for all children of every culture and all ages. That is an important skill for everyone to acquire as you grow older. Although it may seem unnecessary now, you will find it useful throughout your life.
- A study of 13,200 third and fifth graders in Louisiana public schools revealed that, regardless of race, gender, or academic level, children taking foreign language classes did better on the English section of the Louisiana Basic Skills test than those who did not. (Dumas 1999)

This video is meant for the purpose of motivation and inspiration for you. We are not trying to force you to learn how to speak 20 languages fluently, but to have it as a set goal for what you can achieve if you really try your hardest. Polyglots are people who are highly dedicated into learning many and new languages.
"A different language is a different vision of life."

-Federico Fellini
"What would you do if you could have something that is proven to boost your creativity, empathy, and cognitive function?"

"To have a second language is to possess a second soul."

The following names/groups had a significant impact on this presentation.
-Mirabelle Jean Louis
-Vivian Dang
-Felix Li
-Niko Buccheri
-Menna Beshah
-Fritz Anasthal
-Research Refiners

As you can see Massachusetts has only 9.7 to 23.5% of people (five and older) who speak another language at home. Meaning the number of schools teaching language has yet to overcome the next generation to having it be spoken at home and practiced outside of school.
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