In the past few decades our world has become more interdependent and new technologies have allowed us to work in close contact with people all over the world. As relationships with countries grow, so does the need to speak a foreign language.
We have an enhanced need for an enlightened citizenship that is both culturally and linguistically prepared to function in today’s world.
Twenty-three Reasons to Study Foreign Languages
(1) Foreign language study creates more positive attitudes and less prejudice toward people who are different.
(2) Studying a foreign language will improve your chances of getting a job.
(3) Studying a new culture helps you meet new and interesting people.
(4) Dealing with another culture enables people to gain a more profound understanding of their own culture.
(5) The study of foreign languages boots confidence.
(6) Graduates often cite foreign language courses as some of the most valuable courses in college because of the communication skills developed in the process.
(7) International travel is made easier and more pleasant through knowing a foreign language.
Skills like problem solving, dealing with abstract concepts, are increased when you study a foreign language.
(8) Foreign language study enhances one’s opportunities in government, business, medicine, law, technology, military, industry, marketing, etc.
(9) A second language improves your skills and grades in math and English and on the SAT and GRE.
Analytical skills improve when students study a foreign language.
(10) Foreign languages provide a competitive edge in career choices: one is able to communicate in a second language.
(11) Foreign language study enhances listening skills and memory.
(12) One participates more effectively and responsibly in a multi-cultural world if one knows another language.
(13) Your marketable skills in the global economy are improved if you master another language.
(14) Foreign language study offers a sense of the past: culturally and linguistically.
(15) The study of a foreign tongue improves the knowledge of one’s own language: English vocabulary skills increase.
(16) The study of foreign languages teaches and encourages respect for other peoples: it fosters an understanding of the interrelation of language and human nature.
(17) Foreign languages expand one’s view of the world, liberalize one’s experiences, and make one more flexible and tolerant.
(18) Foreign languages expand one’s world view and limit the barriers between people: barriers cause distrust and fear.
(19) Foreign language study will completely chance your traveling experience.
(20) As immigration increases we need to prepare for changes in the American society.
(21) One is at a distinct advantage in the global market if one is as bilingual as possible.
(22) Foreign languages open the door to art, music, dance, fashion, cuisine, film, philosophy, science…
(23) Foreign language study is simply part of a very basic liberal education: to “educate” is to lead out, to lead out of confinement and narrowness and darkness.
* Credit to Auburn University for compilation of reasons