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The Importance of Language Classes

Insight into the Two Classes SCHS Offers

January 26, 2021 12:55 PM
Although not an option here at SCHS, Chinese is a language many cite as being helpful in the future (Timonthee Gidenne/Unsplash)
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For a student to graduate from high school, they need to meet certain requirements. One of these is that they must have taken and passed at least two language classes before graduation. There are many teens at SCHS who do not see the importance of these language classes and take them for granted. These courses are more helpful than many people think they are.

Examples of some different languages one could learn (Hannah Wright/Unsplash)

There are two different language classes here at SCHS: Spanish and French. Despite being the only two classes that students can take, many of the students here do not take them seriously and only see them as another class that they must pass in order to graduate and get their diplomas. However, there are many benefits that can be reaped from these courses such as how incredibly helpful  being bilingual is. In the United States alone, there are nearly 12 million people who speak Spanish as either their main language or secondary language. This means that being able to speak Spanish allows for you to be able to communicate and converse with many more people than you would be able to speak to otherwise. This is a very helpful skill that would allow for more job opportunities for people in any kind of field, as it is a universally helpful skill.

There are also benefits outside of our local area that can come from learning multiple languages. When travelling outside of the United states, it can really help to know the language of whatever place you plan on visiting. It will without a doubt lead to a much more fulfilling and satisfying travelling experience, and better help you educate and familiarize yourself with the culture that you will explore. It gives you a greater perspective of the world around you.

Being bilingual also provides a large variety of new job opportunities for students and people to take advantage of. If you can speak a multitude of languages, you have a large amount of fields of work to take part in and even more fields within those areas. The strengths of being bilingual are very helpful, especially in new fields that are becoming more needed throughout our nation. An example of this is translators, with openings in the workspace growing to nearly 25,000 new jobs as of 2020.

On top of this, there are many health benefits to come from being bilingual. The human brain needs to work hard to maintain all the information stored inside it. Thus, remembering and having a grasp on different languages helps keep the brain sharp and alive and healthy for longer. This is great for aging people, as their brain stays more active, allowing them to delay the degeneration of their brains.

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