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In a world that is increasingly interdependent, we can no longer afford to remain monolingual. Success depends in large measure on the ability of an individual to function as a member of a global society whose members speak a variety of languages. Learning a world language is no longer a pastime: it is a necessity. How does learning a foreign language help you to meet today’s challenges?
- Helps you to broaden your view of the world
- Encourages critical reflection on the relation between language and culture, language and thought
- Provides opportunities for a variety of jobs and professions
- Expands your opportunities for meaningful leisure activities
- Develops your intellect
- Improves knowledge of native languages through comparison and contrast
- Exposes you to critical thinking and viewpoints that are available only in world languages and its culture
- Helps to build practical and useful skills that may be used in other disciplines
- Promotes your understanding of the interrelation between language and human nature
- Teaches and encourages respect and tolerance for other ethnic groups
- Contributes to the development of your personality
- Contributes to the achievement of national goals, such as economic development or national security
- Increases your sense of self worth. Speaking another language will do wonders for your character!
What Does Research Show?
See the ACTFL research.