Why learn a new Language?

Learning an additional language has many benefits for our students in the 21st Century. Increased communication skills and intercultural competence equip our students for study and work overseas or employment in our own increasingly diverse community, for example in the local tourism sector or with companies seeking to grow their exports.

Being able to speak another language provides students with a true sense of being part of the global community. There are cognitive benefits too. Additional language learners tend to score well in all areas of the curriculum and also become more effective communicators in their first language.

Learning a language helps students learn the Key Competencies of Relating to Others, Managing Self and of course, Using Language. The skill of critical thinking is also developed as learners negotiate and transfer meaning from one language to another and learn to bridge the distance between cultures with sensitivity.

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