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Why Study Languages?

Not only can learning a foreign language better prepare you for a career in our global environment, but it can enhance your academic studies in general.  

One of the fastest growing areas of employment is translation and interpreting, according to Money magazine, with thousands of jobs expecting to open up within the next few years.  

College students who have studied languages and participated in study abroad and travel abroad programs will enhance their employment and future career prospects.


Some benefits of studying new languages....


  • More and more businesses work closely with companies in other countries

  • There are lots of Americans who speak languages other than English, as well as people in other countries

  • Professionals who know other languages are called on to travel and exchange information throughout their careers

  • Studying a second (or third) language can improve your skills and grades in math and english and can improve entrance exam scores on SATs, ACTs, GREs, MCATs, and LSATs

  • Learning a language also involves learning about a new culture, creating a better understanding of people throughout the world, more positive attitudes, and less prejudice toward people who are different.


Improve your job prospects....


Research has shown that math and verbal SAT scores climb higher with each additional year of foreign language study, which means that the longer you study a foreign language, the stronger your skills become to succeed in school.

Studying a foreign language can improve your analytic and interpretive capacities.  And three years of language study on your record will catch the eye of anyone reading your job or college application.

If you've already learned a language other than english at home, expanding your knowledge of its vocabulary, grammar, culture, and literature -- at the same time you are studying english -- will also improve your chances for success in school and in your career.  Heritage learners who use their language skills to interpret and translate for family members experience higher academic performance and greater self-efficacy.


Improve your academic performance.....


According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), research studies have shown that a few of the ways that foreign language study provides benefits are:

  • correlation with higher academic achievement on standardized test such as SAT anc ACT

  • development of reading abilities

  • increased ability to transfer skills from one language to another

  • correlation between second language learning and increased linguistic awareness

  • correlation between language learning and students’ ability to hypothesize in science