What are some benefits of studying a foreign language?
In addition to fulfilling the language requirement that some of Parkland’s 4-year partner institutions have, studying a foreign language is a great way to expand your mind and your world. According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), language learning can benefit all students. Specifically, language learning boosts the development of reading skills, and it correlates with higher academic achievement on standardized tests.
Interestingly, research has also shown a correlation between language learning and students’ ability to hypothesize in science.
Parkland College offers instruction in 6 foreign languages:
Don’t be afraid to try a new language; you’ll never know whether you like it unless you try it. Plus, as described earlier, even a small degree of language study has advantages. Check out Parkland’s class schedule for the upcoming semester to see when a language class you are interested in is being offered.
(For more research on the benefits of language learning, visit www.actfl.org.)
[Wendy Patriquin, interim director of the Humanities department, specializes in English as a Second Language.]