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  1. 1. Foreign Language Advocacy Project<br />By: Patricia Wright<br />IUPUI Spring 2010<br />
  2. 2. Why In The WORLD Should Americans Learn A Foreign Language?<br />
  3. 3. <ul><li>According to the National Research Council, a lack of knowledge of foreign cultures and languages threatens the security of the United States.</li></ul>How many fluent Arabic Speakers are there in the U. S. Embassy in Iraq?<br />6<br />Speak Up For Languages<br />
  4. 4. <ul><li>It also affects the ability of the United States to compete in the global market place.
  5. 5. Studying a foreign language increases job opportunities in many careers where knowing a foreign language is an asset.</li></ul>National Council of State Supervisors for Languages<br />
  6. 6. <ul><li>Each year 200,000 Americans lose out on jobs with business because they do not know another language.
  7. 7. Four out of five new jobs in the United States are created from foreign trade. </li></ul>National Council of State Supervisors for Languages<br />
  8. 8. <ul><li>Learning a foreign language prepares students for global understanding and living in a multicultural world. It opens doors to other cultures and helps a child understand and appreciate people from other countries.</li></ul>American Council On The Teaching Of Foreign Languages.<br />
  9. 9. There are many academic reasons to study a foreign language…<br />
  10. 10. <ul><li>Studying a foreign language can improve analytical and interpretive skills and therefore improve grades in other subjects such as Math and English. </li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Learning a foreign language helps students to compare, analyze and understand their own culture and language and become more aware of linguistic structure.</li></ul>Video : Standards and The Five Cs”<br />
  11. 11. <ul><li>Studies show learning a foreign language can improve entrance exam scores such as the ACT, SAT, GRE and LSAT.</li></ul>Speak Up For Languages<br />
  12. 12. <ul><li>A number of studies in bilingual education conclude that foreign language study can aid and even accelerate the cognitive development of the brain. </li></ul>Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics<br />
  13. 13. <ul><li>Students can get a head start in language requirements for college.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Study of another language provides essential communication skills and enhances learning through improved cognitive development, transferrable reading skills, reinforcement of other subject areas, cultural literacy, sensitivity and tolerance for diversity.</li></ul>Speak Up For Languages<br />
  14. 14. By teaching foreign languages in our schools, students are learning to become intellectual, cultured, and well-rounded citizens that can compete on the global business level in a multicultural world.<br />