❝The limits of my language are the limits of my world.❞
❝If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.
If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.❞
First, why do we require the study of foreign language?
The study of foreign languages is beneficial in many ways. It improves cognitive functioning, delays diseases such as Alzheimer's, provides employment opportunities (as well as promotions and raises), meets both high school and university graduation requirements, and it broadens our horizons.
“In March 2012, The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) sponsored an Independent Task Force that examined U.S. educational reform and national security. The findings presented in the report of the Task Force were dire. ‘Educational failure puts the United States’ future economic prosperity, global position, and physical safety at risk,’ warned Condoleezza Rice and Joel Klein, chairs of the Task Force. The report goes on to say that although the United States spends more money than many developed countries on education, our students are ill prepared to compete with their peers internationally… In order for all students to be prepared to succeed in our 21st century global economy and society, all students must be proficient in multiple languages. Formal English is essential for college and 21st century career success, and the ability to communicate in languages in addition to English is equally important. Emerging nations and economies in Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East make it clear that while English is an important language, it is not the only world language.”
“The Common Core Framework and World Languages: A wake up call for all” (https://www.actfl.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/TLE_pdf/TLE_Jan13_Article.pdf)