The Argument for Learning a Second Language at an Early Age

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The Argument for Learning a Second Language at an Early Age Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Foreign language education is no longer a foreign concept to today’s professionals. As the world becomes more integrated, it is only a matter of time before one finds themselves confronted by a language that is not their native. Encouraging young children to learn foreign languages, therefore, has become a common policy among many individual nation-states – most likely to prepare themselves, and their future citizens, for the demand for language masteries. However, as a rational being, one cannot take an idea to be good for granted – it is one’s responsibility to investigate and…show more content…
3). The benefit also extends well into higher education, where the importance of higher order, critical thinking becomes more prevalent. As the paper previously discussed, learning a foreign language provides some valuable improvements to this cognitive faculty, logically it should also manifest in actual improvement in academic results. Indeed, according to the College Entrance Examination Board’s (2004) profile data on 2004 college-bound high school seniors, the mean score on the Scholastic Aptitude Tests increased 100 points for students with four years or more studying a second language (p. 5). Given the prestige of the CEEB as a respectable authority in the field of education, this example should reasonably provide statistically significant support for the benefit that learning a second language would give students. Improved future opportunities While the previous segment has examined how learning a second language helps students achieve by improving their intellectual ability, this part of the paper will demonstrate why it can also make future achievements more available, just by the virtue of knowing a second language. In today’s increasingly competitive labor market, language skills
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