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Modern Languages

The Google Slide presentation given in December 2018 to the Parent Council about sixie language choice is on this page as a pdf file.  Scroll to the bottom to find it. 

If you have any questions about which language to choose, please email Mrs. Kelley at ckelley2@bostonpublicschools.org with your questions!  

Check out the links below for more information about any of the five languages we teach and why you should consider one over the other!  


Article about language learning and tolerance from TheConversation.com


Video clip--TedTalk by John McWorter from Feb. 2016:  Four reasons to learn a foreign language


To be an active member of the global community in the 21st century, you must have fluency in at least one other language—but which one? Here are some of the great reasons to learn

Infographic from the US State Department about which languages are harder to learn
http://www.sciencealert.com/which-languages-are-the-hardest-for-english-speakers-to-learn-infographic

Blog post about the importance of foreign language skills according to Google
http://www.blogs.transparent.com/language-news/2018/01/01/sorry-stem-google-just-made-the-case-for-more-foreign-language-education/

From Forbes.com: Three Corporate Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language and Why You Should Care 
http://www.forbes.com/sites/brianrashid/2017/06/12/3-corporate-benefits-of-learning-a-foreign-language-and-why-you-should-care/#64deea871887


Audio--Listen to the NPR On Point with Tom Ashbrook story on "The Languages We're Learning Now".

Article from the New York Times, March 2016: The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals

From The Economist: What is a foreign language worth?  

25 Reasons to Study World Languages from Auburn University

17 Values of Foreign Language Study from Pasadena City College 

Is Learning a Foreign Language Really Worth It?  from Freakanomics podcast

5 Languages You Should Consider Studying from Languages Around the Globe

Michelle Obama's Interview about Study Abroad and Languages

The Common Core and World Languages

15 Reasons to Study German from Boston University

2015 Survey of German as a Foreign Language in the World--Goethe Institut

Reasons to Study French from NC State University 

General information about the status of French worldwide from the French government 
​​​​​​​https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/francophony-and-the-french-language/the-status-of-french-in-the-world/

Reasons to Study Italian from Emory University

Reasons to Study Mandarin from Boston University 

17 Reasons Every American Should Learn Spanish-from the Huffington Post 


Article from El País about the status of Spanish in the world in 2018 
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/07/05/inenglish/1530780465_701866.html

Article from the LA Times: "Learning a language means failure, embarrassment and the enrichment of your life"
https://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-spot-learning-language-20190127-story.html?utm_source=KU%20Today%20Newsletter%20List&utm_campaign=1a280f0a6e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_01_28_03_28&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ec834ed00f-1a280f0a6e-278654193