Πρέπει να προσθέσουμε περισσότερες ξένες γλώσσες; (Should we add more foreign languages?)

Shruti Patel, Contributor

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“Should we add more foreign languages?” This has been a popular question of debate among the student body at BFHS. Many students believe they should have more of a variety when it comes to picking a language, because some want to study a language they can speak with their family, or learn more about a particular culture that they may have an interest in. After asking the opinions of a few BFHS students, there seems to be a general consensus that more options for languages would be favorable.

“Other students have a different variety of languages in their families that they probably want to learn about,” responded Karlie Dibell, a freshman, when asked why she would be interested in learning different languages. “The more languages they have, the better the school will be and attract students.”

Another benefit to learning another language is having the opportunity to learn about its culture.

“BFHS would be able to open themselves to learning about another culture and its language,” added student Erin McBride. Doing so would provide BFHS with the opportunity to provide students with different views and insights into other cultures.

However, Sofie Kile had a different opinion: “I don’t think that we need more languages than we already have because we have the languages that would already help us… but I feel very strongly about having ASL as an option. Many schools don’t have this as an option.”

While ASL (American Sign Language) would be a great option to add as a class, it used to be offered as a club but was eventually disbanded due to it being held during conference. The club stopped meetings because students had other duties such as tests, homework, etc. to take care of during conference time. ASL as a class would allow students to speak to family and friends who can communicate only through ASL. Many other students have expressed that they would like to learn ASL as a class because then they would have the time to learn the language.

BFHS student Leslie Garcia added, “…I personally believe schools should make learning a second language a part of kids’ elementary years when their brains are holding on to almost everything….”

Learning a second language at a young age, by making it a requirement in elementary school, is a technique other countries use to teach their students the English language. This helps the children learn the language faster, as they can take in the information and grasp the concepts much faster than an adult or teenager. Teenagerscan still typically learn languages and become proficient in them, but it takes longer because of school, sports, and any extracurricular activities they may have. As people age, they lose the ability to speak in other tongues as well because their jaws are used to speaking in a certain way.

The school would certainly attract more students by offering a larger variety of languages.

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