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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. businesses… Teotitlan, Mexico

5 …are dealing with…

6 … international suppliers, … Paris


8 … customers… Paris

9 Versace, Milan

10 … and colleagues.

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

12 With so many Latino-Americans speaking Spanish in the US,… Chartreuse Cellars, Grenoble, France

13 … even basic service jobs…

14 … will require …

15 … some bi-lingual…

16 …ability… 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.” - 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. rose 62% in the 1990s, to 28.1 million in 2000 from 17.3 million in 1990.- U.S. Census Bureau

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

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

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

29 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

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

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

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

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

34 “…better academic performance …” Prado Museum, Madrid

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

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

37 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) 1.English (37) 2.French (23) 3.Spanish (20) 4.Russian (16) 5.Arabic (14) 6.Chinese (13) 7.German (12) 8.Japanese (10) 9.Portuguese (10) 10.Hindi/Urdu (9) George Weber’s article “The World’s 10 Most Influential Languages” in Language Today (Vol. 2, Dec 1997)

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

39 ” Studying languages …” Tántawawas Masks, Bolivia

40 … exposes us… Paris in Spring

41 … to more… Madonna and Child - Donatello

42 Diana

43 … than just language – Michelangelo, Louvre

44 “…we learn… Museé de le Gran Chartreuse

45 … about the cultures… Corrida de Toros, Madrid

46 San Fermin Jolly Giants in Parade … and societies…

47 Marianne, France …of the native speakers…”

48 “…and we are exposed… The Eiffel Tower, Paris

49 …to their literature… Art sellers on the Seine

50 …as it was created.” - ACTFL

51 Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Mexico Gaining language proficiency…

52 …can be a stimulating, rewarding activity…

53 Oaxaca, Mexico …for the adult who’s been away from the classroom for many years. - ACTFL

54 “The mental discipline… Walled City, Toledo, Spain

55 Barcelona, Spain …that is required …

56 ”…and… Monte Alban sculpture

57 The Prado Museum, Madrid …the resulting…

58 Cathedral, Toledo, Spain …cultural exposure …

59 Cathedral of Holy Family

60 Notre Dame de Paris

61 Arch of Triumph, Paris

62 …are… Paris at Night from the Arch of Triumph

63 Notre Dame from the Seine, Paris …life-enhancing…

64 …experiences.”- ACTFL Artist’s stalls, Montmarte, Paris

65 Cathedral, Barcelona

66 Fluency in other languages enhances a career resume.

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


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

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

71 …to communicate with clients around the world.

72 Students of language gain special insights…

73 …that come from intense language study …

74 … an understanding… Princess Eugenie’s Jewels

75 …of the wealth… Tiara of Duchess of Algomaine

76 El Álcazar, Toledo …of the history…

77 … of the cultures, … House of Commons, London

78 Cathedral, Barcelona …of the architecture…

79 …of the art… Nature morte á la tete de mouton –Francisco de Goya

80 Sacre Couer, Montmartre …the religions,…

81 San Sebastian - DellaRobbia

82 … the social customs … El barrio español, Madrid

83 National Court, Barcelona …the legal systems,…

84 Baroque Fountain, Barcelona …the arquitecture,…

85 …and the language subtleties that explain the difference…

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

87 Expand your world; Learn a new language. Toledo,Spain

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

89 The photography used in this production represents an ongoing, lifelong love affair with world languages and cultures. Then:Alicante, España 1966 Now: Paris, France, 2004 P.S.: Learning language is fun! Photography*, script, editing and production by Anna Marie Pietrolonardo © 2004

90 Credits 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.

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