Why learn a Modern Language?

why learn a language

Why Study Modern Languages?

A language is an extremely useful asset in the world today. If you visit another country and you travel beyond the places where the tourists gather, you quickly discover that the belief that everyone understands English is largely a myth. The reality is that only 6% of the world’s population speak English as a first language. 75% of the world’s population don’t speak any English at all.

It has been proven by a substantial body of research that the benefits of learning a language include:
• Better understanding of different cultures
• Improved self confidence
• Enhanced ability to build new relationships
• Improved literacy and reading skills
• Enhanced problem solving, interpersonal and communication skills
• Increased employability

Appropriate teaching methods can ensure success in foreign language learning for all learners. Key features of learning and teaching are:
• Real communication in relevant contexts, supported by ICT
• An emphasis on how languages work, including grammar
• Maximum use of modern languages in the classroom
• A focus on culture and international education
• Language learning across the curriculum
• A focus on culture and international education
• Language learning across the curriculum

French
More tourists (75 million) visit France than any other country in the world. French is the only language other than English spoken on five continents. French and English are the only two global languages.
French will give you the numerous choices later on in your studies or your career. French, along with English, is the official working language of :
• the United Nations
• UNESCO
• NATO
• the International Olympic Committee
• the 31-member Council of Europe
• the European Community
• the International Red Cross
The French economy is one of the strongest in the world and is increasingly a leader in technological innovation. France is a major world leader in medical research, electronics manufacturing, telecommunications and aircraft and automobile production.

German
Today German is spoken by more than 100 million people worldwide.
German is one of the most commonly used languages on the Internet. In fact, Germany’s top-level country domain .de is second only to the extension .com.

In many countries, Germans account for the largest percentage of tourists. So, if you are working in the tourist industry, it is really important to have knowledge of German language.

German is the second most frequently used language in which to write a work of scientific research, especially engineering, chemistry and physics.

German is also important in music. The best schools of music are in Germany and Austria.

German is the most important trading partner for almost all European and numerous non-European countries.
Spanish
Spanish is the second world language as a vehicle of international communication and the third as an international language of politics, economics and culture.
About 330 million people in the world speak Spanish as their first language.
The demand for Spanish courses has doubled world-wide in ten years.
Spanish is the official language in 21 countries.
Approximately another 100 million people speak Spanish as a second language.
Spanish is expected to be the first language of 50% of the population of the United States within 50 years.
Spanish is the most popular foreign language to learn in America and Europe.
Today Spanish is an official language of the UN and its institutions, the European Union and other international organisations.
The Spanish language is used world-wide on the Internet.
Latin American countries are experiencing constant economic growth and because of that, are becoming more important as trading partners.

 

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