In this age of accountability in education, policymakers and administrators, as well as parents, are increasingly demanding to know what research studies show regarding the benefits of language learning. We will identify some of the major correlation studies that highlight how language learners benefit from their experiences. Explore the links below for studies specific to those areas.
What does research show about the benefits of language learning?
Cultural Attitudes and Beliefs
Language education benefits everyone
Students aren’t the only ones who benefit from language learning. The benefits of teaching and learning language extend throughout society and our world.
Employability and World Languages
Infographic showing how world language learners develop the skills identified in the Employability Skills Framework for Career and Technical Education (CTE).
ACTFL’s Professional Learning Committee outlines correlation to language learning and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Employability Skills Framework.
Study-based report indicating an urgent and growing demand for language skills in the workplace.
Thanks to Amanda Kibler and Sandy Philipose, Graduate Research Assistants of Guadalupe Valdés at Stanford University, for assisting in the compilation of these studies.
This information is not designed to provide a comprehensive review of the research studies available but has been compiled to highlight the benefits of language learning.