Communication is at the heart of second language study, whether the communication takes place face-to-face, in writing, or through reading. Through the study of other languages, students gain a knowledge and understanding of the cultures that use the language. Learning languages provides connections to additional bodies of knowledge that are unavailable to monolingual English speakers. Through comparisons and contrasts with the language studied, students develop greater insight into their own language and culture and realize that multiple ways of viewing the world exist. Together, these elements enable the student of languages to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world in a variety of contexts and in culturally appropriate ways (National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project.)


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