Every one should be required to do a language at school

January 17, 2016, 3:11 am

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The debate "Every one should be required to do a language at school" was started by danielle on January 17, 2016, 3:11 am. 17 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 3 people are on the disagree side. People are starting to choose their side. It looks like most of the people in this community are on the agreeing side of this statement.

ReadyToBegin posted 1 argument, danielle posted 2 arguments to the agreers part.

danielle, Rakesh, confident, ReadyToBegin, mohammad, Arixeo, nbgblue, gordon, jperi123, duelist1, TheMartian and 6 visitors agree.
thatdebatingchick and 2 visitors disagree.

At primary school we didn't do languages, the other primary schools in my town did but we didn't so when I went up to secondary school i was behind in French (all schools had done French) and so I hated it! plus I couldn't stand my teacher! but as soon as I got to year 9 I had the option of doing Spanish and I jumped at the chance! still do it now and when I speak it it makes me feel so good! I think being able to speak another language opens up new sections of the world where before it would have been a pain going to!

its the simple stuff that's so satisfying, translating instructions, or bits from movies (puss in boots in shrek!!) I just wish I'd started sooner!!

3 years, 5 months ago

I went to a Spanish immersion program for elementary. This meant learning Spanish almost at the same rate as English. I hated it once I was around 4th grade but, after dropping out in 6th, I began to see the beauty in language. I am a writer now and value language much.

I think one should be able to choose the language when young (at least if they don't like it, they chose it and not the parent which was what I hated about my situation) and grow up learning it as I did. I don't know when the program should stop. Maybe once you hit a certain grade, the language studies become optional? Replaced with other life skills classes (i.e. work shop, career search, intellectual property maybe) that will be more necessary towards your last years in high school. Or maybe the language studies will just stop and be replaced by the life skills classes.

Anyway, yeah, I'm for this. Seriously, why not? Communication is vital to our continued peace in diversity.

3 years, 5 months ago

yeah! I've been doing Spanish for five years and I'm getting pretty good now, but I just think that if I had started when I was five or six by now I could be totally fluent!!

3 years, 5 months ago

I view this as very positive. Bilingual education is helpful with such a global society. I think it should begin in younger grade levels. Many countries do it already.

3 years, 5 months ago
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