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

    If you lived in Texas I guess Spanish would be useful, since I live in Canada I am taking French he only problem is you can only learn if you want to learn it which sadly many do not as French is a cultural part of Canada and is useful if you want to get anywhere in government or large corporations.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    One year of Spanish at an American public high school, unfortunately, won't even prepare a student enough to be able to pick up the phone and order a pizza in that language.

    We really suck at teaching foreign languages.
    The thing is though if it is compulsory most people won't like it and won't learn the language but if it is voluntary then those who are interested will continue to take it, year one is to see who wants to learn it and who does not.

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

    When I was in high school taking a foreign language course was required. I took 3 years Latin and a year of German.

    I don't think the policy made much sense when so many kids were struggling to learn English. Their time would have been better spent taking an extra English class.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    One year of Spanish at an American public high school, unfortunately, won't even prepare a student enough to be able to pick up the phone and order a pizza in that language.

    We really suck at teaching foreign languages.
    Yes, we do, but that doesn't mean we need to make kids conversant in another language, only expose them to it and give them the option to continue if they wish.
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Intuitively I recognize language as useful the earlier on it can be taught. It enhances literacy significantly, I'm convinced.

    I'd be interested to see foreign language and linguistics begun in elementary school, rather than middle/high school. Hell when I was in high school I volunteered to go teach elementary school kids and within about an hour I was astounded at their memory of what I was teaching them. It was as though 90% of those little ****s were 10x smarter than 90% of my teenage classmates. Immediately it occurred to me (although I was only 16) "we need to be teaching these little kids this ****, they soak it up." Then in college I spent a spring break teaching English linguistics to orphans in Mexico... wow that was hilarious at first trying to teach them the retroflex 'R'... but they picked it up... very quickly.

    Young kids' memories are primed for language. That is the time to teach them... and they'll understand what they're reading better (even when it's in English) because of their foreign language education. If you oppose American children learning foreign language, you might as well be opposing their comprehension of their native language. If that's the case, please don't try to spread your ignorance to the next generation.
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    Re: Should foreign language/s be required learning in American schools?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Foreign languages should not be required subject in k-12 education. Most people will not leave the US and if they do it will be for vacation,so they have no use for it.
    Seriously?
    I mean, okay, foreign languages should not be required in schools but do you really think there's no use for knowing the language in a country you visit?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Carjosse View Post
    If you lived in Texas I guess Spanish would be useful, since I live in Canada I am taking French he only problem is you can only learn if you want to learn it which sadly many do not as French is a cultural part of Canada and is useful if you want to get anywhere in government or large corporations.
    Yeesh.
    Read that sentence aloud, and consider learning English before you take on another language.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Mal View Post
    Yeesh.
    Read that sentence aloud, and consider learning English before you take on another language.
    I am just really bad at typing, my actual written English and French is must better. For the most part that post makes sense. It was also very late at night.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Carjosse View Post
    I am just really bad at typing, my actual written English and French is must better. For the most part that post makes sense. It was also very late at night.
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    Sorry, it was late at night for me, too.

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

    A proficiency in a second language should be required. Many nations in Europe require their students to learn English as a second language. No reason why we should require our students to learn a second language.

    As to what language, it should probably be Spanish considering it is the most practical, but I could see other languages like German being taught since there is good practical applications for the language in business.
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