Benefits of Learning Languages


RESEARCH AND STUDIES - (and a couple of great YouTube videos!)

"It is, therefore, very important to teach students about the world beyond their own countries. What are the similarities we share and differences without friends around the world? We must understand what motivates those whose cultures and traditions are not our own. To achieve these goals, we must teach our children international education skills which include the learning of other languages, cultures and traditions.”
Margaret Spellings, U.S. Secretary of Education (2005-2009)

"Learning to speak another's language means taking one's place in the human community. It means reaching out to others across cultural and linguistic boundaries. Language is far more than a system to be explained. It is our most important link to the world around us. Language is culture in motion. It is people interacting with people."
Sandra Savignon Communicative Competence: Theory and Classroom Practice.
Reading, MA Addison Wesley, 1983, p. 187 .