You may be surprised to know that no child has been ever born with the “embedded” ability to speak the language of its parents, or grandparents, or guardians. Neither have you. However, it means that when you were a small baby, you could have been taught to speak any language which exists in our world, however exotic it would appear to be. What is more, it has been proved that children can get a good grasp of literally every language until they are older than five. So, although it sounds strange, but facing with a different language would be considerably more difficult for a teenager than for a toddler.
Nevertheless, right you will be if you say that almost everything regarding the study of any language depends on a teacher, whose direct duty is actually to teach this language. Besides, a student who decides to dedicate his or her time to such complicated but really necessary task as learning a different language should be at least sincerely interested in doing it if not motivated enough.
Once again this all highlights the necessity of the so-called language education, and hence cannot but touch the issue of its popularity around the world. So, let us have a quick look at some general tendencies and come up with some ideas on how to encourage yourself to do it.
Some Remarks on the Situation Worldwide
In the beginning, it would be interesting to consider the world’s trends. We will compare the main features of Europe’s and North America’s attitudes towards the necessity of teaching foreign languages to school and college students.
- In Europe, at least one foreign language is compulsory in most schools. Also, teaching two languages is welcome. What is more, children start to learn it not later than the age of 9, that is to say in primary school. Even some kindergartens offer language courses. However, they appear to be not very popular at universities. The most frequently chosen foreign languages among European students is English along with French and German.
- In recent years, the situation in the United States is considered to be not very optimistic: the statistics, mentioned in the Atlantic online magazine (the cited article was posted in 2015), shows that there are only 7% of students who are enrolled in the language course at their colleges, though the study of a foreign language starts in middle school for most American children. The statistics of 2013, which can be found on Wikipedia, claims that today most students choose Spanish and French languages.
Why You Need Such Course
If you have a wish and possibility to learn another language at your school or college, you should better take it!
- When you just start, a good teacher will be very helpful: the thing is that in the very beginning you will need somebody reliable, who could clearly explain the most essential things for you.
- You will expand your worldview and know more than your peers: a different language will let you discover a different world with its own laws and traditions.
- You can build a solid base for your further education: later you can study abroad without having any language difficulties in the country you choose.
- You can make a great contribution into your future: your intelligence, job connections, interests and hobbies will benefit greatly from your knowledge, so you can make your life much brighter and fulfilling.