View Poll Results: Should foreign language/s be required in Am. school?

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Thread: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Arbo View Post
    Why is the emphasis not on them learning to speak English?
    Despite what you might think, they are learning to speak English. But let's be pragmatic. If I'm a retail store owner in Miami Florida, and I need to hire someone to work the checkout counter, I'm only going to hire someone who speaks English and Spanish.

    Why? Because she'll be able to communicate with the majority of my customers.

    It's like that for a number of professions in the three states I mentioned.

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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Parlo un po 'italiano. Mio nonno e italiano. Cosi, ho sempre voluto imparare.
    io parlo italiano cosi cosi anche desidero far progredire

    hope it is true ,l may need to join an italian dp
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Why do we require American History? I'm never going to need to know the names of the founding fathers, right?
    Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Why do we require algebra? How many people actually use it, if you honestly think about it?
    Perhaps we should only stick with Arithmetic.
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChezC3 View Post
    self help, eh? Good, you understand I was only trying to be of assistance.
    Ah, more of the lame. Not yet a bit of reasoning to support your initial claim, just more failed attacks.
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Despite what you might think, they are learning to speak English.
    No here. And those that you know do know how to speak it often pretend they do not.

    So again, why is the emphasis not on those that come here learning and using english, but on those that were born and raised here learning their language?
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?-national_language-jpg
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Master your native language first. Get your spelling, grammar and vocabulary correct.

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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Self-descriptive title.

    Also... what level of proficiency should be required? How many years of study?

    Should we require Spanish? Chinese? Swahili? Leave it up to the student to decide? Which languages should be offered?

    Etc.
    I voted yes, and a working proficiecy should be obtained. We already know that bilingual job seekers have more opportunities for employment because they can serve more "customers" than mono-lingual applicants. It's also an aid in travel allowing greater opportunities to communicate; not only with native speakers of the additional language but with people who share that language as a secondary tongue with a primary language you don't speak. There are also other benefits to having an ability to converse in another language; here are just a few examples:

    regularly speaking more than one language appears to strengthen skills that boost the brain’s so-called cognitive reserve...
    Speakers of More Than One Language May See Delayed Onset of Dementia Symptoms - WSJ.com

    Research has shown, for instance, that children who know two languages more easily solve problems that involve misleading cues. A new study published in Psychological Science reveals that knowledge of a second language—even one learned in adolescence—affects how people read in their native tongue.
    The Neural Advantage of Speaking 2 Languages: Scientific American

    Below is an NBC video about the advantages and disadvantages of bilingual education:

    http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/...ry?id=19081887

    I know of no significant detriments to having greater language skills. Hence, I think our kids should start learning a foriegn language in grade school but no later that junior high; their choice among the "top three" likely to be found as second languages in the USA.
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    You are correct about Scandinavia - my grandfather did not learn English in school, he learned German, because at that time, Germany was more influential to Sweden than England/USA. Nowadays, very few Swedes learn German but every person in the country can speak English.

    In fact, if you're a Swede living in Sweden and you speak poor English, other Swedes will think you're stupid or some kind of dinosaur. Can you imagine if we had such an attitude here in the USA? People like me, who can speak 3 languages, would think most of my peers were a bunch of idiots!
    Ha, so true. In Finland only old people (interestingly enough, these were usually bus drivers) didn't speak English.

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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    No. It's best to teach kids nucular signs.

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