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Language Learning

15 February 2015

This week is Arabic Language Week in school. Arabic is of course a very important aspect of our school at all times, but special weeks like this help provide opportunities to incorporate different activities and maintain a high profile for the language.

Learning languages is a vital part of education, both the learning of foreign languages and one’s own language. This also does not just stop in school as many adults continue to develop their language skills throughout their lives.

The main reason for learning foreign languages is to develop the ability to communicate with others. Studying one’s own language helps to improve the depth of our communication and is also essential for supporting further study. Developing one’s native language as well as foreign languages is likely to also have a great impact on professional success within today’s global society.

Despite the obvious benefits with regard to communication, learning languages also brings many other benefits. It helps develop overall learning skills such as spotting patterns and connections which are essential in so many areas of life, and particularly for formal learning within school. Perhaps above all else though, learning a language helps us understand more about other cultures, about our history and that of others, and develops connections throughout the world.

Sometimes students do not see the value in learning languages because they think they may not use that language in the future. Apart from the fact that they cannot be certain about that, we can all support by helping them realise that learning languages provides so much more than just knowledge of words.

Patrick Horne