Learning a Language - the benefits to your child | Hastings Secondary College

23 Apr 2018
Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for travelling.
Students who study foreign languages build their multi-tasking skills, improve their memory, become more perceptive and are better listeners.
Learning a language is a wonderful opportunity for students to broaden their view of the world.
It means understanding and learning to speak, read, write, listen and think in another way, and to explore and appreciate the wealth of knowledge that is part of each language and its culture.
Benefits of learning language:
  • Your child learns to communicate in the language and develops an understanding that there is more than one way to interact with people.
  • Your child learns about how languages work and their literacy skills are enhanced because a clear link exists between learning another language and literacy development in English.
  • Your child's analytical skills are increased along with their ability to transfer skills across languages.
  • Your child's problem-solving skills are enhanced along with thinking laterally and working collaboratively.
  • Your child's self-confidence, self-esteem, resilience and tolerance are increased.
  • Your child develops an understanding and respect for other cultures, people, their ideas and ways of thinking.
  • Your child's career opportunities will be greater in an increasingly globalised market.