Benefits of Learning Another Language
Children who study foreign language statistically outperform non-language students in language, math, science and social studies."
– Carolyn Taylor
Research shows that students benefit academically from the study of a second language and gain positive attitudes about other cultures and languages. Read more about these studies on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) website:
- How language learning supports academic achievement »
- How language learning provides cognitive benefits »
- How language learning affects attitudes and beliefs about language learning and other cultures »
The need for individuals who can speak and understand languages other than English is acute in many sectors in the United States, from business and social services to national security and diplomacy. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence report (HR Rep. No. 107-219, 2001) identified language as the single greatest need in the intelligence community.
During the 2012-13 school year, 1,895 students in grades K-12 participated in the district's language immersion programs. These programs prepare students for our diverse and multilingual global community. Benefits of an immersion program include:
- Early start
- Native-like pronunciation
- Extended sequence leading to higher proficiency levels
- Better match with curriculum
- Cognitively challenging
- Culturally responsive
Senator Lisa Murkowski spoke to the ACTFL about the importance of language learning in the August 2009 issue of The Language Educator. The resources below explore what parents want to know about immersion programs and the benefits of an early start:
- Early Launch for Language
The Washington Post, Valerie Strauss
- What is Immersion?
The Washington Post
- The Importance of Early Language Study: Changing Students' Minds - and Brains?
National Capital Language Resource Center, Karelia Pallan