Academic Reasons<br />“I enjoy learning it”<br />“I’m good at it”<br />“I find it easy”<br />“I like learning a language with a different writing system.”<br />Personal Interest & Relationships<br />“I want to be able to speak to my grandparents.”<br />“I want to travel there.”<br />Career Reasons<br />“It might be useful when I get a job”<br />“Great skill to have in life”<br />“Can help in a future career path”<br />Why do our students learn a second language? <br />
A language is not just words but a window to another culture<br /><ul><li>Second language study will help you relate better to people from other languages and cultures around the world.
Learning a second language is FUN and occupationally rewarding.</li></li></ul><li>BIG PAYOFFS<br />More critical thinkers<br />More creative problem solvers<br />More understanding of other individuals, cultures, ways of seeing the world, faiths<br /><ul><li>More critical thinkers
More prevention against dementia as you age!</li></ul>compassionate<br />More understanding of your first language<br />
Monolingualism will not serve the next generation well. It implies inflexibility and that others should always be prepared.<br />Only knowing English makes you dependent on the linguistic competence and goodwill of others.<br />Nuffield Languages Inquiry 2000 - UK<br />
“If you speak to a man in a language <br />he understands, you speak to his head.<br />If you speak to a man in his own language, <br />you speak to his heart.”<br />Nelson Mandela 2007<br />
Through learning LANGUAGE we learn about culture. Through learning about CULTURE we learn respect for others.Through learning RESPECT for others we can hope for PEACE. Anonymous2008The International Year of Languages<br />
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