Yes. Job needs, increases cognitive abilities, increases cultural awareness, easier for young children to learn, • “The U.S. government needs 34,000 employees with foreign language skills in 80 agencies, according to ACTFL. A 2002 Government Accountability Office study found that the Army had serious shortfalls of translators and interpreters in five of six critical languages” (Sadiq)
• “Funding cuts and changes in education policies have led to a sharp reduction in the number of Americans studying foreign languages at the same time the government and business are demanding more employees with language skills”. (Sadiq)
• • “The power to learn a language is so great in the young child that it doesn’t seem to matter how many languages you seem to throw their way....They can learn as many spoken languages as you can allow them to hear systematically and regularly at the same time. Children just have this capacity. Their brain is ripe to do this…there doesn’t seem to be any detriment to....Develop[ing] several languages at the same time” according to Dr. Susan Curtiss, UCLA Linguistics professor.
"Cincinnati’s Foreign Language Magnet Program has a student population that is 57% African American and 43% Caucasian, with 52% of the total receiving free and reduced lunch. Achievement for these children far exceeds national norms in both reading and math and participants in the foreign language magnet program on average score higher than the average of all Cincinnati’s many magnet programs."( Benefits of Second Language Study)
• "A study of 13,200 third and fifth graders in Louisiana public schools revealed that, regardless of race, gender, or academic level, children taking foreign language classes did better on the English section of the Louisiana Basic Skills Test than those who did not". (Benfits of Second Language Study)
“Benefits of Second Language Study.” NEA Research. Dec. 2007. Web 6 Nov. 2013.
• Sadiq, Marwan. “ High pay, high demand for language speakers, but schools cut language instruction.” Scrippes Howard Foundation Wire. 2004. Web 6 Nov. 2013.