There are plenty of reasons why language learning can make the difference in your students’ future prospects. Here are the ten best:

  1. Globalized economy – It’s no secret that the economy is becoming more globalized. Companies are increasingly looking for workers who can communicate effectively in foreign locations and conduct international business.
  2. Outsourced workers – In many companies, teams can span the globe. The managers of those teams have to be able to communicate with their subordinates—whether they are down the hall or in Mumbai.
  3. Improved logic skills – Studies show that students who are multilingual improve in their logically thinking in other courses, like math and science.
  4. Enhanced creativity – Language learning conditions the brain by making connections from the left brain to the right, making creativity a faster process.
  5. Global competency – Language learning not only builds fluency, but also cultural awareness that will make them more competent workers and better world citizens.
  6. Improved memory – Research shows that bilingual students’ memories are improved compared to their peers who only speak one language. This translates into success in other classes.
  7. International competition – 200 million students in China and every student in India learns English, but only 2 out of 10 of our students are enrolled in a language learning course.
  8. World awareness – Students with increased global competency tend to be more aware about world issues, politics, and the economy. This only makes them more marketable after secondary school.
  9. Critical thinking – Language learning generates critical thinking skills, which is a stated goal in the Common Core and other next generation learning standards.
  10. Collaboration – Language learning classes often feature lessons where students must work collaboratively in order to practice their skills. Collaboration is also demanded by the next generation standards.