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Should Students be Required to Learn Another Language

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Should Students be Required to Learn Another Language? Not very many people know a second language. How many of you are fluent in a second language? According to funtrivia.com about half of the world is bilingual, or knows two languages. Since over half of the world’s population knows only one language why should we put in the time and effort to learn a new language? How Many People are Bilingual According to debate.org people think that learning a new language isn’t necessary if we are never going to live in or visit another country. We also need to learn our first language before we learn another language. Some also think that if a student doesn’t have a talent with learning languages we should not make them learn another language, and we should make language courses optional. Although learning a new language would give you more benefits than if you never learned a second language. It is Argued that Learning a Language is not Important Help Your Career Sharpen Your Mind Improve Your First Language Traveling or Moving Meeting People Studying Abroad and Scholarship Opportunities Culture Secret Communication and Security Study and Research Getting in Touch with Your Roots Since so few people know a second language it is considered a valuable attribute when you look for a job. Especially if your job involves regular contact with speakers of a foreign language. Knowing a second languages will increase your chances of being hired for a job, getting a promotion, or going on overseas business trips. Learning a second language challenges your mind which increases your intellectual agility. Studies show that students who know two languages compared to only knowing one tend to on average have a better memory when given a memory test. Out of sixty students that were given a memory test the average score (out of ten) of a bilingual student was 7.8 while the average score of a monolingual student was a 6.2. When we speak, read, and write in our native tongue, that we have spoken in since birth, we overlook grammatical mistakes. Learning another language will make us look at comparisons to our native language, and we will become more aware when we speak in our native language. We will begin to express ourselves more clearly in our native language. If you take a trip to a foreign country you can generally stick to the tourist attractions and will find someone who knows your language, but if you go outside the tourist area then you will need to know some of the local language to get around. When you travel to other countries you can easily make new friends if you know the language they speak. You can also write to a pen pal from a foreign country. If you know two languages it opens up opportunities to meet so many more people than you would with just knowing one language. Knowing a second language sharpens your mind, so you perform better on tests, and you are more likely to receive a scholarship. If you go to a foreign college or university they will most likely provide an introductory class to the language that the country speaks. You will also need to learn the language so you can communicate with your teachers and peers. If you are interested in the literature, poetry, or movies of another country they will most likely be in the major or official language of the country. You will need to know that language to be able to understand the poetry, movies, and literature of that country. If you understand another country’s language you can culturally enrich yourself on the other country’s customs. If you and a few relatives or friends speak a language that few people understand you can talk freely in public without people eavesdropping on you. You can also keep written material secret. This has proved beneficial during both World Wars when speakers of Native American languages such as Navajo, Choctaw, and Cheyenne served as radio operators and communicated government messages. The radio operators were known as Code Talkers. Speakers of Welsh played a similar role during the Bosnian Wars. You might find that you are interested in a topic but all of the information you can find is in another language. Knowing the other language will enable you to read the information and communicate with others interested in the same topic as you are. If your family before you spoke another language you could learn it and teach it to your children. It would also help if you were interested in researching your family tree; some of the older documents might be written in the language that is foreign to you. Religion Most people in religious life learn a second language so they can spread their message regardless of language. Food We all Have To If your favorite type of food is cooked in a foreign country most of the cookbooks would be written in the official language of the country where that food is made. You would need to understand the other language to make that type of food. All students are required to take at least two years of a language to get into college. We should try to learn as much as we can of a language in high school, and we may find that we have a real enjoyment or talent with learning a new language. The Five C's Communication culturally enriching yourself by speaking or reading another language understanding the culture of where another language came from Cultures understanding bodies of knowledge that are otherwise not available Connections seeing the differences between two different languages and cultures helps you to have different viewpoints on the world Comparisons Communities being able to see how a language affects a culture beyond the classroom Who can Learn a New Language? You may be asking yourself who can learn a new language? Most people in the world are multilingual, and everybody could be; no one is rigorously excluded from another's language community except through lack of time and effort. Different languages protect and nourish the growth of different cultures, where different pathways of human knowledge can be discovered. They certainly make life richer for those who know more than one of them.
(Nicholas Ostler, Empires of the Word) It means that anyone can learn a new language if they put in the time and effort to learn it. The benefits of learning a language outweigh the time and effort that it took to learn the language. Some of the benefits being bilingual are food, religion, traveling, getting in touch with your roots, studying abroad, meeting people, accelerating your career, and culturally enriching yourself. Why Should You Learn a New Language? Recap of the Information accelerate your career, sharpen your mind, improve your first language, traveling or moving, meeting people, studying abroad and scholarship opportunities, culture, secret communication and security, study or research, getting in touch with your roots, religion, food, and we all have to Why should you learn a new language? What are the 5 C's of learning a new language? 1. Communications 2. Cultures 3. Connections 4. Comparisons 5. Communities Who can learn a new language? Anyone can learn a new language Should students be required to learn a new language? Yes we should put in the effort to learn a new language http://www.debtfreescholar.com/2012/03/five-reasons-to-learn-a-second-language-today/
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