“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.” – Flora Lewis
When you are in high school you may or may not have much say about the classes you take. Usually you will have a specific set of courses to complete. The Right C3 coaches encourage you to include a foreign language in your class schedule. When thinking about this type of class it is important to consider the reasons why. Even if may be a scary proposition, it is one to consider for the following reasons.
High School Graduation Requirement
Whether you like it or not, most of the time you will need to complete a year or two of a foreign language to graduate from high school. It is seen as an important part of learning, which is why it is included in the requirements. While it is not a “core” class, learning a foreign language can be a significant feature of your education. It can open you up to new ideas and a different culture. Learning a language can be a challenge, but it means going to class to complete the credits you need to walk across the stage.
College Admissions Requirement
The next logical step is to ask what requirements you need to apply to your college of choice. Sometimes it can include making sure you have the correct foreign language credits. Usually colleges want two years of the same foreign language, meaning you are building on your knowledge. However, sometimes a college can require three years of the same foreign language. Also, they may or may not accept certain languages to meet this requirement. The lesson to learn: know the requirements and go the extra mile to stand out.
Study Abroad in College
Studying a foreign language can open you up to more possibilities in college. Most colleges have programs (or connections) that allow you to do part of your coursework in another country. If it is anon-English-speaking country, it would be helpful if you knew some of the basics of their language. Learning a language also allows you to learn more about culture, which can be vital to know as you prepare for your educational trip. While your study abroad in college may not need a different language, knowing at least one other language can broaden your available options.
Expand Career Opportunities
Lastly, learning another language will widen your opportunities for employment. Do you want to live abroad for your career? Do you want to stay near your hometown after college? Either way, you may have more chances to employment if you are fluent in a second (or third) language. There may be people in or out of your community that will use your career skills and combine them to reach someone who speaks a different language. Especially in the global economy, it is a way to make yourself more marketable.
These are only a few reasons why I think it is beneficial to learn a new language. My hope is that you will fall in love with learning to expand your horizons. Famous opera conductor Sarah Caldwell said, “Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can; there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.” Reach out to your Right C3 coaches when you are ready to talk about your educational plan.