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Who Benefits

Students

Pre-K & Elementary
  • Young people are most open to learning about new languages and cultures.
  • Early language study leads to long sequence programs and proficiency.
  • Starting early facilitates addition of more languages.
  • Language study helps children develop cognitive skills.
Middle school
  • Language learning leads to greater understanding of different cultures.
  • Increasing language proficiency opens more opportunities in secondary study.
  • Language study enhances problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • The skills required in learning a language transfer to other academic subjects and improved performance in those subjects.
High school
  • Developing proficiency in other languages broadens career options.
  • Skills in languages other than English make those not bound for postsecondary study more attractive employment candidates in a wide range of careers where communicating with diverse customers is necessary.
  • Good language achievement enhances a student’s college prospects and opens paths for a wider range of college-level fields of study.
College
  • The postsecondary experience can be greatly enhanced by study abroad and travel abroad programs when students have multilingual skills.
  • This is the point of final career preparation, where language proficiency will greatly enhance their employment and future career prospects.
  • Knowing another language will expose postsecondary students to career fields they might not have known about without this academic background.

Community and Business

  • Solid language programs make the community and its schools more attractive to potential residents and employers.
  • These programs contribute to a more diverse population and enhance the cultural experiences of all citizens.
  • Offering language programs addresses the concerns and demands of parents in the community.
  • Encouraging language learning helps develop a more valuable employment pool with contemporary skills.
  • Acquisition of language skills increases business opportunities with minority groups within the community.
  • Broader language skills help to improve the community by minimizing language barriers and building cross-cultural understanding.