Some believe that those who are not talented in language learning should not be required to learn a foreign language. Do you think school should require students to learn a foreign language?

Some believe that those who are not talented in language learning should not
be required to learn a foreign language. Do you think school should require
students to learn a foreign language?


[shc_shortcode class=”shc_mybox”]Learning other languages is very worthwhile and beneficial. In the “global village” that the
world has become over recent decades, it seems to make more sense than ever to be familiar
with and competent in speaking several different languages. However, I still firmly believe
that it should not be forced upon everyone to learn a foreign language.
To begin with, the acquisition of a second language develops skills such as communication,
cultural awareness and global citizenship by overcoming language barriers. A second
language can also inject confidence in children by helping them develop global
understanding. Many young people travel the world soon after leaving school and there can
be no doubt that their experiences would be enhanced by being able to speak the native
language in countries they visit. It would also open up all sorts of career opportunities that
they would not have otherwise. Learning new languages is said to increase a person’s brain
power too.
Nevertheless, it would be entirely unreasonable to expect all children to learn at least one
foreign language. There are many who just would not be able to cope academically with
learning other languages. This naturally includes children who are developmentally disabled
and may be attending special schools or in special units at mainstream schools.
There would also be other children who would be unable to cope with linguistic studies
though – even if they were of average intelligence. I believe it’s possible that some would be
totally demoralized and humiliated by any pressure to do so. If they can just get a basic grasp
of reading and writing their own language then that has to be regarded as an adequate
achievement.
On the whole I think being exposed to other cultures and having the opportunity to learn at
least one other language in school is a healthy, positive and enriching experience.
Nevertheless, it should never be forced upon those for whom it is simply unfeasible. Some believe that those who are not talented in language learning should

Some believe that those who are not talented in language learning should

Some believe that those who are not talented in language learning should

Some believe that those who are not talented in language learning should

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