This post is the third of four in a series that seeks to advance the conversation of the importance of world language learning in the nation’s schools and how the Rosetta Stone® Language Learning Suite can help.
The implications of language learning for secondary students reach far beyond the ability to speak a new language. Unfortunately, world language programs were hit particularly hard by the recent economic downturn. It’s important to let stakeholders know of the implications of language learning that go beyond the language classroom. Let’s go into depth about the benefits students experience when they are enrolled in a world language course.
High performance reaches outside the language classroom
There is a measurable increase in the success of foreign language students on standardized tests compared to their peers that only speak one language. This includes higher scores on the SAT-Verbal, ACT, and state assessments in both math and reading.
Language programs develop 21st century thinking skills
Language learning is generally beneficial to the brain. Flexibility, creativity, and conceptual cognition are all improved as a result of studying a foreign language, particularly in immersion programs. These benefits can last for life.
Language study makes a student more marketable
It’s no secret that the world’s economy is becoming more interconnected. Those who can communicate and relate with other cultures will continue to have an advantage in the job market, particularly in high-paying technology and engineering careers. Whether a worker travels or not, language skills will help them communicate with other employees on their team from around the world.
Language learning increases cultural awareness
Even though students are more interconnected than ever, their world view can still be limited to their own experience. Language learning helps increase understanding of other cultures and helps a student acquire a nuanced understanding of world events, economics, and politics that can shape their ideas throughout their lifetime.
Language programs decrease income, achievement, and language gaps
Language learning programs have been shown to be effective in all types of students, from those underserved socioeconomically to those with disabilities. Because of this and the benefits mentioned above, world language study can help bridge the gap between these groups.
The Rosetta Stone Language Learning Suite can help make these benefits a reality. We invite you to join us for a free, live webinar on April 16th at 3:00 PM ET to discover all of the capabilities of the Suite and how it can be utilized in world language best practices.