The Most Practical Foreign Language: French
French is "the most practical foreign language"
according to Richard Shryock of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and
State University. French and English are the only two global languages
spoke on 5 continents. Canada, the United States largest trading
partner speaks french. France is the most popular tourist destination
in the world, attracting the most visitors each year. On top of all the
language, the french culture significantly influences our own.
All foreign languages are important and can be very useful, so in order to make sure that all students can pursue one that will intrest them, any courses not available at school will be available online or through self-study at the media center.
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Latin: The Basis of Languages
More than 70% of the English language is derived
from Latin roots. Students who study latin as a second language, will
then be able to learn other foreign languages easier.
Learning Latin is valuable to a student's english skills as well because so much of our language is dervived from Latin. Also, learning the finer points of grammar in another language often make english grammar clearer. For these reasons, students persuing foreign languages will begin learning Latin for at least a year before then choosing if they would like to continue on with Latin or switch to another foreign language.
German: The Language of the Future
In a world that has a booming market in
business, a student who wants to be versitile should learn German.
German is the most widely spoken language in Europe. When it comes to
business Germany has the 3rd strongest economy and is the number one
export nation. For these reasons, working in Germany would give a
student a great start on life, if they know the language.
The curriculum at the School of the Future will give all sides of the language, going from culture to grammar. This will give students the information that will make them vaulable in the world job market as well as ensuring that they are culturally aware.
Spanish: The Most Useful Language
Due to the geographical location of Mexico and
the United States, the Spanish language is probably the most useful in
much of the United States. There are many people living in the U.S.
today that speak only Spanish, or are trying to learn English.
Students who learn Spanish will find themselves better equipped for the real world and the job market. Many large companies are spreading their businesses to Mexico, and many of those companies need translators leaving a large amount of future jobs.