Why Study Languages?

Why should students learn to communicate in another language? What are the advantages?


Language is our connection with our community and the world. Through language we identify the world around us, express our concerns and hopes, and share our experiences and ideas.

First-language literacy is important to second or additional language learning. It helps students grasp key concepts more easily and influences general academic achievement.

Knowledge of a second and third language strengthens first  language skills. It also helps students understand the role of language and culture in society and to appreciate the value of other languages and cultures.

The ability to communicate in additional languages provides unique opportunities to gain access to other peoples and other cultures. In the interest of peace and economic, political, and social security in an increasingly interdependent world, it is important for every person to acquire skills for cross-cultural communication and understanding.

We live in a shrinking world where international trade, communication, and mutual understanding require openness to other people’s experiences and points of view. Canadians who have access to the languages and cultures of the world not only increase their own job opportunities, but can also play an important role in promoting Canada’s future economic development.

  • Learning another language can enhance intellectual functioning.
  • Learning another language creates pride in one’s own cultural background and better understanding of other cultures.
  • Learning another language enhances career options.
  • Learning another language facilitates learning additional languages.