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Should students be required to learn at least one foreign language?

  • Not everyone wants to go to a different country or study abroad.

    Yes, learning foreign languages could open up more job opportunities and would be something great to know if you were going to a different country. However, not every student wants that. To force a language on a student who doesn't intend on traveling or teaching a foreign language isn't quite fair. We could be taking a more interesting elective or something we might actually use instead of a language that we'll forget in 10 years. There are plenty of free online classes that can be taken instead in our own time. If students really wanted to learn a language, it would be best to start a language club or two in schools, teaching a few different languages at their own pace, and the people who would join the club would be volunteers because they WANT to learn a language, and they're not being forced. I think it's fine to teach languages in school, but I don't think it should be required.

  • Yes,students should be required to learn at least one foreign language.

    Students should be required to learn at least one foreign language.The world is becoming smaller and smaller and people will need to learn how to communicate with each other in various languages and not just depend on their native tongue.In the long run this will actually benefit the person as well as society in general.

  • Everyone can benefit from an additional language.

    Monolingualism is a thing of the past. Bilingualism is a thing of the present. Multilingualism is a thing of the future. We need to prepare students for the multilingual world. Wherever you are, whatever you do for a profession, speaking an extra language will benefit you. Not only do you learn a whole new world of communication, but also learn a lot more about your own language and culture.

  • Why not learn a foreign language?

    Foreign Languages are very useful and can help students find better jobs in the future, it also opens many doors and is a great skill to have if you are likely to be working abroad. It is generally seen to be an amazing skill within University's and allows us to challenge ourselves.

  • Of course they do need to learn at least one foreign language

    Yes. Because if we go on an field trip to Spain and the talking Spanish and we don't know a word they are saying to us, what will we do? If we go to a British island and they are talking Portuguese what will we do? Student do need to learn at least one foreign language

  • For the Students future

    Learning at least one foreign language may help when students try to get a job. Nowadays, there are many job opportunities which require capability of speaking foreign language. In this globalized world, there are many people who are learning foreign language to be part of it and it is also one of the requirements if people want to join the international organizations such as UN, KOTRA, Doctors without borders and etc. Therefore, for the undecided students future, it is right to learn any foreign languages.

  • Yes, I do feel this would be beneficial.

    Yes, of course. Learning a second language, should be required for graduation from high school. However schools need to start offering more of a selection. With today's technology, students can take language courses online, which allows more choice. To many schools, especially in the public sector, force students to learn Spanish, because of the growing number of Spanish speaking people, coming to the states. Sorry, but that is just wrong. Those coming to the states, should be forced to learn English, not the other way around.

  • Language is a resource

    Having a second language in a students arsenal of skills cannot hurt. Besides being able to engage in an increasingly connected world, you increase your chance of landing a job if you know a ubiquitous language many times over. If those reasons aren't enough, the brain exercise alone when we challenge ourselves to learn something new is as beneficial in keeping ourselves sharp and debilitating cognition conditions at bay. Ciao!!!

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  • I say no

    For what? People who are planning on going into a career that involves different languages, will go and get the credits they need for that career. If someone wants to be a carpenter, that class would be of no use to him/her, and should pick something better for that career. For everyday life, people from other countries should have to learn English. We don't need to learn their language because of their idea to have a better life.

  • Goverment's use of force is not justified

    Posing a mandate on citizens to learn anything is outside the proper function of the government. The refutation of this opinion comes from a wider refutation of the government's involvement in education. I am not arguing that it may not be benificial to learn two languages, I'm arguing that the government has no ability to enforce such a plan in a proper society

  • What did you say? -Spanish teacher

    I said "What is the official language of the United states of America ? ? ?" "Oh hah well that's English of course."
    "Then Why am still sitting here." the student leaves and walks to the ELA classroom.

    I think the scenario is incredibly relevant because it happened to me today, and yes ENGLISH IS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF THE UNITED STATES.

  • Why is need ed if you r not going to purse a career needing this knowledge?

    Everyone has different plans about what they want to do in their future life. If you are not going to use this knowledge ever in your life why learn it? Why would a person put unnecessary stress on himself which adds to the infinite amount of stress regular life gives

  • Not everyone wants to go to a different country or study abroad.

    Yes, learning foreign languages could open up more job opportunities and would be something great to know if you were going to a different country. However, not every student wants that. To force a language on a student who doesn't intend on traveling or teaching a foreign language isn't quite fair. We could be taking a more interesting elective or something we might actually use instead of a language that we'll forget in 10 years. There are plenty of free online classes that can be taken instead in our own time. If students really wanted to learn a language, it would be best to start a language club or two in schools, teaching a few different languages at their own pace, and the people who would join the club would be volunteers because they WANT to learn a language, and they're not being forced. I think it's fine to teach languages in school, but I don't think it should be required.

  • A school or goverment cannot force people to learn a language

    My title says it all a school or goverment cannot force people to learn a language.The only was a student can learn a language is if it is their will.As a student i am forced to study spanish.The only thing its doing me is lowering my average gpa and de motivating me.I have more important lessons to study such as maths and physics and feel that studying spanish is wasting my time.Similarly %60 of the spanish class fail the leason.

  • This is a poor suggestion

    Some students may struggle to learn this new language which, along with the fact that some people will have a natural ability for it, will damage the confidence of those who struggle, make them feel useless and unnecessarily add to the strains they already face. By not forcing any particular subject on a student allows them to enjoy their education and allows it to be more well rounded as all their time isn't spent on one subject they struggle with. We should leave it to those who have the ability to and want to learn a new language to do so, particularly as everyone should have the freedom to study what they enjoy and or are good at.

    Although it has been said that languages are really important for communication, the need to learn a new language is becoming increasing less relevant. With new technologies anyway who wants their speech translated can easily do this by a computer. This means the amount of jobs available in the area will be reduced. If everyone learnt a new language then those who learnt by choice would no longer have the unique skill they opted for and will have a lower likelihood of getting into university or getting a job as everyone would have a language.

    Having the choice of whether or not to study a language is therefore beneficial to students as it improves their education, well being and employment chances. Studying a language shouldn't be compulsory.


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