Why Should We Teach Foreign Languages?. Emily Leibrock M445 Spring 2010. Learning language aids in brain development. What part of the brain do you use while learning a language?. BOTH! The left side of your brain is used for analytical and sequential skills
Many studies have been done that show how language learners aremore successful in overall learning than those who do not learn a second language.
A study was conducted in an elementary school that was trying to show that learning a foreign language improves overall learning.
“The students who had received foreign language instruction scored higher on tasks involving evaluation which is the highest cognitive skill according to Bloom's taxonomy. The linear trend analysis showed that the students who had studied French the longest performed the best.”
Foster, K. M., & Reeves, C. K. (1989). Foreign Language in the Elementary School (FLES) improves cognitive skills. FLES News, 2(3), 4.
“An understanding of values, behaviors, attitudes, and practices which enable people to work effectively across racial/ethnic and cultural lines.”
defined by: New Mexico State University
Allowing students to get an understanding of different cultures through classroom instruction
Teaching students the target language in which they will be able to communicate with a diverse group of people
One of the biggest issues that we face in today’s society is the lack of understanding between cultures.
By students learning about culture in the classroom, they will be better equipped to work with people of different cultures.
Many people do not understand people of different cultures.
This causes a lot of problems in the American society because of the rising population of immigration.
Enables people to communicate more effectively without frustration or anger.
Can open up many doors! Knowing another language allows many more job opportunities in your community!