Learning A Second Language Education

1737 Words Dec 7th, 2016 7 Pages
We live in a world surrounded by people of various cultures, countries, and ethnicities, who all speak different languages. As a young child, I attended a Spanish immersion program through my pre-school and elementary school. I was absorbed into a new culture much different from my own. I grew up learning words in Spanish before I knew them in English. I also developed unexpected friendships, spending much of my childhood in Spanish speaking households. As a college student, I look back on this time and greatly appreciate the skills and lessons I cultivated from learning a second language. Second language education should be required in elementary schools. Learning a second language leads children to become successful students with prosperous futures and connects people of different cultures. Studies have shown that students who receive second language education do better on standardized tests. A study conducted by P.W. Armstrong and J.D. Rogers in 1997 declared that third-grade students who received thirty-minute lessons in Spanish three times a week, scored higher on the Metropolitan Achievement Test in the subjects of math and language than their peers who did not receive Spanish education (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Another study that took place in 1981 by P.A. Eddy shows that students who have received second-language learning, do better on SAT sub-tests and on the verbal section of the SAT than students who did not study a second…
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