Students are more successful at learning languages when they can choose the language of their interest
“ Cultural distance” greatly affects success. Students with real-world connections and cultural backgrounds similar to those of the target language/culture will learn the language with greater ease and success. (Zhang, 2006)
Case in point: German students committed
Lowest attrition rates
Majority of families have direct connections to German-speaking countries
“ Nearly every sector of our increasingly global economy and culturally diverse workforce needs multilingual, cross-culturally aware workers.” (Carreira & Armengol, “Heritage Languages in America: Preserving a National Resource.”)
Languages teach open-mindedness for diversity and cultural understanding!