What do you think of this problem: theaching foreign language in a school is pointless?
I don’t think so. Learning a foreign language is certainly a good way of extending your horizons, the real question (for someone whose first language is English) is which one should you learn? From England (and yes I mean England) the easiest country to get to is France and so learning French is perhaps the logical choice. My wife learnt German at school which enabled her to do her university industrial placement in Germany, which she could not have done otherwise.
Today in multi-cultural Britain the languages that it might be most useful to understand would be Polish, an Indian language (Urdu, Hindi … I don’t know which would be best) and maybe Chinese. When I was at school after French and German the available foreign languages were Spanish and then Latin. Where I work I exchange greetings with a couple of my colleages in French and with many of our agency staff in the four words of Polish I now know. So you might say that learning French wasn’t really that useful as it isn’t one of the languages I now wish I spoke a lot of.
The Poles and other nationaities that have recently come to work in Britain are here not only because they can get work here but also because they can speak at least some English. Learning a foreign language has certainly worked for them. I am at present improving my Chinese above the fifteen to twenty words I know, you never know when it will come in useful.
All learning is a good thing and it is impossible to tell what will be the most important things to know in the future, and so I think a broad education is a good thing. Without the ability to communicate on equal terms with the rest of the world our industry is going to find things hard. The basis for anyone studying foreign languages at an advanced level is everyone learning a foreign language at school.
Sorry this has been a bit rambling.
Summary – No it isn’t pointless.
I also think that we as Americans are somewhat spoiled in that we are not surrounded by so many different languages, as the Europeans are. Europeans find it standard to speak two or more language with ease. I believe Americans should do more to improve our understanding of other cultures by adopting that point of view as well, but we have to see more examples of people around us doing that.
i understand that these are languages that can be put to use in my country whereas chances of using a foreign language in an english speaking country are not so obvious, but it will become so when you are out in the workforce and it is a competitive advantage. it is also a way you can learn others’ cultures not to mention it will be so useful too when you go traveling etc.
There are lots of pointless subjects in schools but languages is not one of them. It should be compulsory from grade one.
- Academic Writing
- Case Study
- Critical Thinking
- Education Questions
- Essay Tips
- Essay Writing
- Free Essay Samples
- Free Essay Templates
- Free Essay Topics
- Human Resources
- Problem Solving
- Research Paper
- Review Writing
- Social Issues
- Speech Writing
- Term Paper
- Thesis Writing
- Writing Styles