Why study a foreign language?
Studies compiled by the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language) show the many benefits of studying a foreign language. Some of these benefits are listed below:
- Language learning correlates with higher academic achievement on standardized test measures.
- Language learning is beneficial in the development of students’ reading abilities.
- There is a correlation between language learning and students’ ability to hypothesize in science.
- There is a correlation between language study and higher scores on the SAT and ACT Tests.
- There is a correlation between high school foreign language study and higher academic performance at the college level.
- There is evidence that early language learning improves cognitive abilities.
- There is a correlation between bilingualism and problem solving ability.
- There is a correlation between bilingualism and attentional control on cognitive tasks.
- Research suggests that language learners develop a more positive attitude toward the target language and/or the speakers of that language.
Is foreign language a requirement for college?
Most colleges and universities look for two or more years of a modern foreign language.
Should I/my child continue to Spanish/French 2?
It is strongly recommended to take at least two to three years of a foreign language. If you have completed Spanish 1 or French 1 with a C average or above, then you should be ready to move on to Spanish 2 or French 2. If you have a D average or below and/or do not feel ready for level 2, you may need to re-take level 1 before moving on.
Can I/my child take Spanish/French 2 or 3 after taking a year off?
It is strongly recommended that you take your language courses consecutively, and many colleges will look for consecutive years of a foreign language. However, it is possible to enroll in Spanish/French 2 or Spanish/French 3 after taking a year off and would be better than not taking a second or third year at all.