Why languages?


Social and academic benefits of k-5 world language exposure

  • Improved executive function- self-control, listening skills, behavior 
  • Overall school performance - increased reading and math test scores
  • Superior problem-solving skills 
  • Increased awareness & sensitivity to other cultures & racially & culturally diverse peers
  • Better pronunciation in native language 
  • Increased likelihood of fluency in >1 language

Poster series on the benefits of 2nd language learning
A 2017 bi-partisan sponsored report by the Commission on Language Learning, found
  • "The ability to understand, speak, read and write in world languages, in addition to English is critical to success in business, research and international relations in the 21st century"
  • "The US needs more peoples to speak languages other than English in order to provide social and legal services for a changing population"
  • "The study of a second language has been linked to improved learning outcomes in other subjects, enhanced cognitive ability and the development of empathy and effective interpretive skills." (see below for details)
What other US school districts are doing to deliver k-5 world language
Additional Sources:
1. Exposure in the studies we reference, generally indicates 20 - 40 minutes of language education once to twice per week, ranging from 1-2 years.
2. Marcos, K. 1995. Why, How, and When Should My Child Learn a Second Language? ACCESS ERIC, Rockville, MD; ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, D.C.
3. Garfinkel, A. and Tabor, K. E. 1991. Elementary School Foreign Languages and English Reading Achievement: A New View of the Relationship. Foreign Language Annals, 24: 375–382.
4. Middlebury Language Interative, 2017.