‘A multitude of research shows that learning a new language offers many rewards.’
Dr Michiko Weinmann and Dr Ruth Arber,
This week with the students we have been discussing the benefits of learning a second language. Students have been engaging in an inquiry looking at the positives of learning a second language and presenting their finds to the class.
Here are some of the information they presented:
There are many benefits to learning another language and being multilingual. The reality is that the majority of people worldwide speak and study several languages and it’s just a part of life. The data suggests there are more first language speakers of Chinese and Spanish than of English.
We are already globally connected in so many ways, linguistically, culturally and spatially through popular culture – think international films, manga comics, Latin dancing, travel, social media, and cuisine – to assume that someone only speaks one language or only has one culture is not representative of the globalised world we live in.
What are the benefits of learning a new language?
When your brain has to switch between speech, writing and structure, you become a better multi-tasker and improve your memory and attention span. You also become a better traveller – locals love it when you make the effort to have a conversation in their language.
Languages help you advance your career by making you stand out and giving you global mobility – opportunities open up for employment and an international career around the world. Employers today are looking for well-rounded employees who are global citizens and have an understanding of other cultures. Being able to speak another language certainly ticks those boxes.
When we learn languages it’s more than just words, we learn about people, cultures and history – and see the world through other people’s eyes. It’s never too late to start learning a language!
Languages are powerful and in demand, and can take you around the world volunteering and travelling. Let’s not forget the main benefit – learning a language is a lot of fun!
Expand your horizons and study a language today!