As I have stated in a recent post, there are millions of people in the world who have a desire to learn a new language, yet do nothing to fulfill that desire. I would like to take a moment and address the question, ‘Why Should I consider learning a new language?’. I recently posted links on the new LearnALanguage.com Facebook and Twitter accounts to articles that address this question. I encourage you to ‘Like’ the new Facebook page and follow @learntalk on Twitter to stay up to date on blog posts, news and anything related to language-learning.
I discovered the first article from the ACTFL Smartbrief Newsletter. It’s entitled “Madison Schools reaching overseas for bilingual teachers”. That school district is putting more effort and focus on its dual-language immersion program. They had a shortage of bilingual teachers so they looked overseas for help. This is just one example of an increasing number of jobs that require multilingualism. Many employers will increase your pay if you know another language as well. In a global economy, there continue and likely will always be more opportunities for those who know more than one language than for those who don’t.
The second article, entitled “In praise of multilingualism“, talks more specifically about why you should consider learning a new language. I encourage you to read the full article, but these are some of the main points of it:
- It helps you appreciate and improve your native tongue
- It’s a gateway to cultural awareness and sensitivity
- It opens you up to growth and new experience
- It helps develop habits of critical thinking
- It helps you become more of a global citizen
Those are just a few of the reasons to consider learning a new language. What are some more? Please give us your ideas and thoughts by commenting below.