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1 Some Compelling Reasons For Studying Another Language
A Subjective Viewpoint by a Language Teacher, Backed by Objective Data – NOW YOU DECIDE!

2 English-only speakers will find themselves at a disadvantage as businesses enter global markets.

3 Even workers who intend to never leave their hometowns will probably be in touch with people from other countries.

4 Thanks to improved communication technology, U. S
Thanks to improved communication technology, U.S. businesses are dealing with international suppliers, customers and colleagues. Teotitlan, Mexico


6 Paris

7 Paris

8 Paris

9 Versace, Milan


11 The tremendous increase in the Latino American population has changed the way business is conducted...

12 Chartreuse Cellars, Grenoble, France
With so many Latino-Americans speaking Spanish in the US, even basic service jobs will require some bi-lingual ability… Chartreuse Cellars, Grenoble, France




16 Chocolatier, Paris





21 “If you don’t speak Spanish in the southern part of the U.S., …

22 La Muralla, Puerto Rico

23 …you’re basically not marketable in the tourist trade
…you’re basically not marketable in the tourist trade.” - Fariborz Ghadar, Center for Global Business Studies, Penn State University Alicante, Spain

24 About one in five U.S. residents speaks a language other than English in the home. – U.S. Census Bureau

25 The number of Spanish speakers in the U. S
The number of Spanish speakers in the U.S. rose 62% in the 1990s, to 28.1 million in 2000 from 17.3 million in U.S. Census Bureau



28 Every American should develop proficiency not only in English, but in other languages as well. - ACTFL Vicuñas in Chile

29 For those students who want to be best prepared for life beyond the classroom,…

30 … there will be increasing numbers of career opportunities that are enhanced by proficiency in multiple languages.

31 Students at rest outside Notre Dame, Paris
Across the U.S., more than 500,000 elementary and over 7 million secondary students are enrolled in foreign language courses. - ACTFL Students at rest outside Notre Dame, Paris

32 Additionally, nearly 1.4 million students at American colleges and universities include language education in their schedules. - ACTFL The Louvre, Paris

33 “Our goal at the college level should be to encourage students to continue the study of languages…
The Plaza Mayor, Madrid

34 “…they began as K-12 students so that they may achieve or maintain high levels of proficiency.  - Dr. Audrey Heining-Boynton German Knight 1512

35 Cervantes Memorial, Madrid
“Studying other languages has been shown to contribute to increased cognitive skills, … Cervantes Memorial, Madrid

36 “…better academic performance …”

37 “…and a greater understanding of others, …”
Vigil, San Sebastian, Spain

38 ”…while also providing life-long learning opportunities for people beyond school age.” ACTFL
Grenoble, France

39 The world's ten most influential languages:
After weighing six factors (number of primary speakers, number of secondary speakers, number and population of countries where used, number of major fields using the language internationally, economic power of countries using the languages, and socio-literary prestige), (number of points given in parentheses) English (37) French (23) Spanish (20) Russian (16) Arabic (14) Chinese (13) German (12) Japanese (10) Portuguese (10) Hindi/Urdu (9) George Weber’s article “The World’s 10 Most Influential Languages” in Language Today (Vol. 2, Dec 1997)

40 ·        Standardized test studies indicate that students who have concentrated on foreign language studies generally are among the highest performers in other subject areas. -ACTFL

41 ” Studying languages exposes us to more than just language – …”
Tántawawas Masks, Bolivia

42 Paris in Spring



45 “…we learn about the cultures and societies of the native speakers…”
Museé de le Gran Chartreuse

46 Corrida de Toros, Madrid

47 San Fermin Jolly Giants in Parade

48 Marianne, France

49 The Eiffel Tower, Paris

50 Art sellers on the Seine

51 “…and we are exposed to their literature as it was created.” - ACTFL

52 Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Mexico

53 Gaining language proficiency can be a stimulating, rewarding activity for the adult who’s been away from the classroom for many years. - ACTFL

54 Oaxaca, Mexico

55 “The mental discipline that is required …”
Walled City, Toledo, Spain

56 Barcelona, Spain

57 ”…and the resulting cultural exposure …”
Monte Alban sculpture

58 Prince Phillip and Princess Letizia of Spain

59 The Prado Museum, Madrid

60 Cathedral, Toledo, Spain

61 Cathedral of Holy Family

62 Notre Dame de Paris

63 Arch of Triumph, Paris

64 Paris at Night from the Arch of Triumph

65 Notre Dame from the Seine, Paris

66 “…are life-enhancing experiences.” - ACTFL
Artist’s stalls, Montmarte, Paris

67 Cathedral, Barcelona

68 Fluency in other languages enhances a career resume.

69 Eurail Station, Charles De Gaulle Airport, Paris
Businesses need people who can communicate with global clients in many languages. Eurail Station, Charles De Gaulle Airport, Paris


71 The increasing cohesiveness of the European Union enhances opportunities for international trade.

72 In the 21st century, multilingual international business people will be in a lucrative position…

73 …to communicate with clients…

74 …around the world.

75 Students of language gain special insights…

76 …that come from intense language study …

77 Princess Eugenie’s Jewels

78 Empress Josephine’s Tiara

79 El Álcazar, Toledo

80 … an understanding of the cultures, …
House of Commons, London

81 Cathedral, Barcelona

82 Goya

83 Sacre Couer, Montmartre

84 DellaRobbia

85 El barrio español, Madrid
… the social customs … El barrio español, Madrid

86 National Court, Barcelona

87 Baroque Fountain, Barcelona

88 …and the language subtleties that explain the difference…

89 …between what a person says and what they mean. - ACTFL
Les Deaux Magots, Paris

90 Expand your world; Learn a new language.

91 The photography used in this production represents an ongoing lifetime love affair with world languages and cultures. P.S.: It’s fun! Paris, France, 2004 Alicante, España, 1966 Photography*, script, editing and production by Anna Marie Pietrolonardo © 2004

92 Credits Maps [flat] – John Wiley Publishers, 2003
[globes] – Microsoft Gallery, 2004 Articles: Coombes, Andrea.. “Bilingual Job Seekers Rise Above the Crowd”, Working, January 27, 2004 “Year of Language: 2005” ACTFL, 2004 Weber, George. “The World’s 10 Most Influential Languages”, Language Today Vol.. 2:Dec 1997.

93 [For Lifelong Language Learners It’s Never] The End

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