Ms. Kali Adams
From the time we start middle school, most of us spend time in a classroom studying a foreign language. We stumble through messy verb conjugations, difficult pronunciations and alien syntax. To some of us, learning a second language doesn’t make sense. Once we leave the education system, we might think that any knowledge we might have had regarding how to parlez français will either be forgotten or proven useless. But learning a foreign language may be more beneficial than you think.
In 2015, EducationNext found that foreign language studies were often the most costly for schools out of all courses to have. This may explain why America is vastly trailing other countries in foreign language programs. According to the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages, though the amount of students that take foreign languages rose between 2004 and 2008, only 18.5% of all students were enrolled in a language course. This puts American students at a distinct disadvantage going out into a workplace where employers are expecting them be able to interact easily in a more globalized world.
Here at CVU, it is recommended that you earn two credits of foreign language studies before graduation. This is because the majority of colleges have some pre-requisite for foreign languages studies in their applications, whether it be a strong recommendation or a firm requirement. “They are considered part of the ‘core’ academic classes,” says Russ Aceto, a guidance counselor at CVU. “They add a significant amount of academic rigor to a student’s schedule. Success in world language classes says a lot about a student’s persistence, [and] motivation.” Aceto also says that not having taken a foreign language before college, “will impact a college admissions decision if it is a strict requirement.”