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By: Lisa Tang

Lisa Tang

on 14 January 2013

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Transcript of Languages

Languages Amongst Students Did You Know?... There are more than 2,700 languages in the world. In addition, there are more than 7,000 dialects. A dialect is a regional variety of a language that has a different pronunciation, vocabulary, or meaning. According to Illinois state law, it is illegal to speak English. The officially recognized language is "American." By: Lisa Tang The longest word in the Finnish language, that isn't a compound word, is 'epaejaerjestelmaellistyttaemaettoemyydellaensaekaeaen'. In English it means 'even with their lack of ability to disorganize'. Introduction Learning a language increases a person's writing skill, speaking skill, and grammar. Since Canada has become more multicultural, it is important to learn French or even another language Many reasons why people should take on the challenge of learning a language includes:

Using it for future jobs
Using it for traveling
Teaching abroad
To use it when visiting relatives in a different country
It's fun!

Students that live in countries that don't include English as one of their main languages would still try to learn English. Methodology This survey was conducted between local high school (HPSS) students and data was collected from international students The selection type when choosing which class to survey was by using the cluster random sampling technique The classes that were chosen had to be from an academic or applied class In the survey, students were asked multiple questions that dealt with:

the first language they spoke
how many languages they knew
how important learning another language is
are students willing to learn a language that they already know Why take another language? These students learn English because it is so well known rather than learning a language that only the neighboring countries would understand. I came up with this topic thinking how I already know how to speak two languages fluently and would love to learn another Hypothesis My hypothesis stated: Students that are from local schools do not even want to learn French or Spanish That the relationship between learning a language with local high school students isn't as important as learning a language between students that are abroad. Students from HPSS I Love You ... 100x When asked if students would like to learn keep learning French/Spanish throughout their years of high school 53% said that they would not want to learn those languages Students from abroad The international students chose Spanish as a language they want to learn the least and French with 32% Spanish and French are the languages that interest them the least These schools had a wider variety of languages to choose from such as German, Chinese and Italian Factor #2: Do students realize that learning another language is important? Students from HPSS: Factor #1: Do students want to learn French or Spanish? They would rather learn Italian or German than French or Spanish Students from abroad: The majority of them stated that learning another language is neither important or unimportant but rather somewhat important because they aren't sure The majority of students abroad took English & Italian as their top choices because they wanted to expand their job opportunities. Most of the students that studied a language eventually ended up majoring in business, arts and science and even areas like nursing Factor #3: Should they take a language while in their post secondary school? Students attending HPSS: They do not want to learn a language compared to the abroad students that need it for their future Many people that I know abroad would take a language course that is offered or take private lessons Students from abroad: 98% of students answered that they will go onto post secondary education but only 16% will include a language course in their programs If students were planning to take co-op in their programs and travel abroad for work it would be beneficial Most of these students study English as their priority After finishing learning what they could during high school the majority of them went onto further education in a post secondary school The students that live abroad only wants to learn a language that is important to them not a language that is from a neighboring country Students locally do not have any interest to learn another language in their post secondary education Additional Considerations Some of the data collected was voided

People checked more than one option when it clearly stated to check only one
When they were given the choice "Other", students wrote down silly answers
Some surveys brought confusion when the question asked if a language was added "Australian" would be a language they want to learn There were more grade 11's and 12's Students in Grade 9 might be too young to realize the benefits of learning a language are IN CONCLUSION... Since everybody in HPSS already knows a world known language it isn't important to them as countries that only know how to speak their country's language The hypothesis that I stated was proven to be correct Compared to the students that live abroad, many of them here do not care as much They don't like to learn French or Spanish Many of them wouldn't want to take on further education of a language that they would like I told you so!..
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