10 REASONS WHY LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE IS IMPORTANT!
Learning a language…
1. Improves your grasp of English.
2. Enhances your confidence.
3. Gives you a wider understanding of world affairs.
4. Widens your career / job options.
5. Improves international relations.
6. Makes travelling easier and more enjoyable.
7. Connects the world and promotes peace.
8. Helps you make friends in new countries.
9. Shows you are open minded and tolerant.
10.Boosts brain power.
Spanish and Chinese are also fast-growing world languages - and "International-English" is not the same as UK-English. In most Western European countries, a majority of people still do not speak English - and if you want to communicate with them effectively, it's better to know something of their own language. Remember the saying, "you can buy from foreigners with English, and if you want to sell to them, you need to speak their language."
Learning something of any language and culture offers many cross-curricular opportunities in the primary classroom for work in geography, history, art, music - a European dimension, and often a world dimension too.
Spanish and Portuguese are widely spoken in Latin America
German is spoken in Austria and Switzerland - and is a common second language in Eastern Europe.
French is spoken in many Africa countries, Canada, Polynesia and some West Indian islands
Holiday & leisure opportunities to speak and listen to other languages?
France, Germany and Spain are less than two hours flying time away, and many of your class will spend family holidays in Europe. Many towns in UK have links with European towns through twinnings and exchange programmes. You may have access to satellite and cable TVs that carry French-, German- or Spanish-speaking channels.
Your class may well know the names of several European football teams - there could be a French-, German, or Spanish-speaking player in your local team...
Businesses in your area may have links with French-, German- or Spanish-speaking countries. So there are likely to be native-speakers in your community who might be persuaded to give your children a chance to practice speaking and listening to their language.
Check out your local supermarkets and shopping centres for goods from Europe....