Learning a second language should be required

Students should learn another language to develop their communication skills and ready them for future educational purposes


By Claire Franke (graphic)

One of the benefits of learning multiple languages is that it allows you to travel the world, according to reporter Claire Franke.

Claire Franke, JagWire reporter/photographer

When you were preparing to go to high school, your counselor probably mentioned taking a world language class in high school as a good way to earn an elective credit. I know mine did. While learning a second language may seem like a hassle, it is incredibly beneficial to all students no matter the age.

The U.S. is known as a melting pot, where people from all different countries, ethnicities and backgrounds can come together to create a large, successful and peaceful union. With the numerous different backgrounds comes numerous different languages. English is obviously the most common language, but many people come speaking languages such as Spanish or French. Mill Valley offers courses for both of these languages, allowing students to study the language for all four years of high school. 

Learning another language can be especially helpful to build communication skills. Lots of professional careers like business and sales managers involve speaking to people from not only America, but to people around the world. Making an effort to learn another language so you can speak to others will truly benefit you in the long run.

The U.S. does not have an official language, but most states offer scholarships to students who have pursued at least two years of world language classes. The Kansas Scholars Curriculum requires two years of the same foreign language to qualify as a member. Numerous colleges across the United States require at least two years of the same world language to be admitted to their school. If students aren’t required to take a second language class, they could struggle in the future when it comes to college.

In conclusion, learning a second language should be required. A second language can help anyone broaden their horizons, widen their communication skills and help admit them into colleges or earn scholarships. At least two years of a language will benefit anyone more than none at all.


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