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Language & Culture Studies

Mental agility, creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, and reasoning skills are among the many benefits of language study. Learning a foreign language helps sharpen one’s cognitive skills, enhance one’s overall learning abilities, and improve one’s capacity for learning in all other areas. It is a multi-faceted experience to learn a second or third language, enriching one’s life in myriad ways. Introductory or beginner courses allow a student to feel how a language works — with its sounds and cadences — and gain insight into the culture and traditions of its speakers. As foreign language learning progresses, so does one’s self discovery.

Culturally responsive teaching (through the use of multicultural materials) is an essential element of teaching children with diverse backgrounds, which must be honored as a significant aspect of one’s ethnic identity. Ways in which to embrace such diversity include reflecting on multicultural literature, ethnic perspectives, and literary genres in the classroom. Math instruction can incorporate everyday-life concepts such as purchasing and consumption habits of various ethnic groups. These can be presented in sensory fashion with visual, auditory, and tactile delivery. 

All this only helps to increase student self-esteem in the classroom as they go about learning, exploring, and experience sharing; to enhance communication within what may sometimes be a dull educational atmosphere.

“Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

See New York Times article  “Why Bilinguals are Smarter” 

See Hamilton-Spectator article “Five Ways Language Learning Will Make Your Child Smarter”

See New York Times article “The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals”