Some Compelling Reasons
For Studying Another
A Subjective Viewpoint by a Language
Teacher, Backed by Objective Data –
English-only speakers will find themselves at a
disadvantage as businesses enter global markets.
Even workers who intend to never leave their hometowns
will probably be in touch with people from other
Thanks to improved communication technology,
U.S. businesses…
Teotitlan, Mexico
…are dealing with…
… international suppliers, …
… customers…
Versace, Milan
… and colleagues.
The tremendous increase in the Latino American
population has changed the way business is conducted...
With so many Latino-Americans speaking Spanish in the
Chartreuse Cellars, Grenoble, France
… even basic service jobs…
… will require …
… some bi-lingual…
Chocolatier, Paris
“If you don’t speak Spanish in the southern part of the
U.S., …
La Muralla, Puerto Rico
…you’re basically not marketable in the tourist trade.”
- Fariborz Ghadar, Center for Global Business Studies, Penn State University
Alicante, Spain
About one in five U.S. residents speaks a language other
than English in the home. – U.S. Census Bureau
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
Every American should develop proficiency not only in
English, but in other languages as well. - ACTFL
Vicuñas in Chile
For those students who want to be best prepared for life
beyond the classroom,…
… there will be increasing numbers of career
opportunities that are enhanced by proficiency in
multiple languages.
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
Additionally, nearly 1.4 million students at American
colleges and universities include language education in
their schedules. - ACTFL
The Louvre, Paris
“Our goal at the college level should be to encourage
students to continue the study of languages…
The Plaza Mayor, Madrid
“…they began as K-12 students so that they may achieve
or maintain high levels of proficiency. - Dr. Audrey Heining-Boynton
German Knight 1512
“Studying other languages has been shown to contribute
to increased cognitive skills, …
Cervantes Memorial, Madrid
“…better academic performance …”
Prado Museum, Madrid
“…and a greater understanding of others, …”
Vigil, San Sebastian, Spain
”…while also providing life-long learning opportunities
for people beyond school age.” ACTFL
Grenoble, France
The world's ten most influential
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
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)
Standardized test
studies indicate that students
who have concentrated on
foreign language studies
generally are among the
highest performers in other
subject areas.
” Studying languages …”
Tántawawas Masks, Bolivia
… exposes us…
Paris in Spring
… to more…
Madonna and Child Donatello
… than just language –
Michelangelo, Louvre
“…we learn…
Museé de le Gran Chartreuse
… about the cultures…
Corrida de Toros, Madrid
… and societies…
San Fermin Jolly Giants in Parade
…of the native speakers…”
Marianne, France
“…and we are exposed…
The Eiffel Tower, Paris
…to their literature…
Art sellers on the Seine
…as it was created.” - ACTFL
Gaining language proficiency…
Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Mexico
…can be a stimulating, rewarding activity…
…for the adult who’s been away from the
classroom for many years. - ACTFL
Oaxaca, Mexico
“The mental discipline…
Walled City, Toledo, Spain
…that is required …
Barcelona, Spain
Monte Alban sculpture
…the resulting…
The Prado Museum, Madrid
…cultural exposure …
Cathedral, Toledo, Spain
Cathedral of Holy Family
Notre Dame de Paris
Arch of Triumph, Paris
Paris at Night from the Arch of Triumph
Notre Dame from the Seine, Paris
…experiences.”- ACTFL
Artist’s stalls, Montmarte, Paris
Cathedral, Barcelona
Fluency in other languages enhances a career resume.
Businesses need people who can communicate with global
clients in many languages.
Eurail Station, Charles De Gaulle Airport, Paris
The increasing cohesiveness of the European Union
enhances opportunities for international trade.
In the 21st century, multilingual international business
people will be in a lucrative position…
…to communicate with clients around the world.
Students of language gain special insights…
…that come from intense language study …
… an understanding…
Princess Eugenie’s Jewels
…of the wealth…
Tiara of Duchess of Algomaine
…of the history…
El Álcazar, Toledo
… of the cultures, …
House of Commons,
…of the architecture…
Cathedral, Barcelona
…of the art…
Nature morte á la tete de mouton –Francisco de Goya
…the religions,…
Sacre Couer, Montmartre
San Sebastian - DellaRobbia
… the social customs …
El barrio español, Madrid
…the legal systems,…
National Court, Barcelona
…the arquitecture,…
Baroque Fountain, Barcelona
…and the language subtleties that
explain the difference…
…between what a person says and
what they mean. - ACTFL
Les Deaux Magots, Paris
Expand your world;
Learn a new language.
[For Lifelong Language
Learners It’s Never]
The End
The photography used in this production
represents an ongoing, lifelong love affair with
world languages and cultures.
is fun!
España 1966
Now: Paris,
France, 2004
Photography*, script, editing and production by
Anna Marie Pietrolonardo © 2004
•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.