about 1 year ago
About 66% of the world's population is at least bilingual
(Robert D. Peckham)
Studying a World Language (foreign language) and other cultures enhances a student's education in many ways. Students who study a second language and its culture have a wonderful basis for successful communication and education. Research shows that learning a foreign language can improve a student's ability in reading, writing and even mathematics - they are able to perform at a higher level than those who don't study a foreign language (Eaton, 1994).
According to a study done by Harris Cooper (Modern Language Journal), in 23 metropolitan high schools in the southeast, it was revealed that students who take a foreign language in high school scored significantly higher on the verbal portion of the SAT than those who do not.
To study another language and its culture is to gain an especially rich preparation for the future. Second language/cultural learning is an essential factor for life as a citizen in the ever-growing local, national and world communities. It allows for students to view the world from a global perspective and broaden their horizons.
*Foreign/World Language = a language being studied other than a person's native language*