Foreign Language, 9-12
Jane E. Rizzitano
Department Head Foreign Languages, 6-12
If you can learn your native language, you can learn another language!
The primary goal of modern foreign language study is communicative proficiency. In order to achieve this, students who study foreign languages will learn to communicate through practice and presentation in all four skill areas: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Course content is presented thematically. Units of study may include vocabulary, grammar, conversation, reading passages, writing samples, listening activities and videos. The cultures of each area will also be studied through readings, videos and class discussions.
There are many good reasons to study foreign languages. According to the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, D.C., students who study even one year of foreign languages:
- Score up to 250 points higher on SATs
- Perform better on measures of verbal and non-verbal intelligence than their monolingual peers
- Develop greater cultural flexibility and sensitivity towards others
- Have larger vocabularies
- Have higher developed listening and retention skills
- Perform better on tests of reading and math
- Are more creative
- Display more highly developed thinking skills
- Possess skills critical to the national defense
- Possess skills critical to the national economy
- Are better able to compete in a global economy
Foreign language study also:
- Gives students a competitive edge in college admissions
- Has a positive overall effect on mental development and intellectual growth
- Improves understanding of one's native tongue
- Gives a student the ability to communicate with people he/she would otherwise not have the chance to know
- Allows students the opportunity to study in another country and immerse in the culture
- Enhances employment opportunities - not only can one do a better job at conducting international business, the travel and work become easier and more enjoyable
Possible career choices for people with foreign language skills include: doctor, nurse, medical technician, medical records, translator, interpreter, lawyer, judge, law enforcement (local, state, national or international), diplomatic core, business, teaching, technology, research, military, industry, social services, marketing, hotel and restaurant service and management, multiple service industries, engineering, telecommunications, travel industry, all sciences, and journalism. The possibilities are endless.
The profile of a successful foreign language student includes:
- Good attendance record
- Good on task behavior and engagement during class
- Good study skills, organizational skills and homework habits
- Willingness to take risks in practicing and using the language
- High interest level in languages and peoples of other cultures
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