The Importance of Modern Foreign Languages ​​(by Anna Tresigne, Tiffin Girl’s School)

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In an increasingly technological world that facilitates conversation and communication in foreign languages ​​without studying them, does this make the study of modern foreign languages ​​somewhat obsolete?

With the majority of the British population speaking only one language, the emphasis placed on learning foreign languages ​​by the education system and employers seems justified. Despite new technologies that facilitate communication with foreign countries, the study of modern foreign languages ​​creates an appreciation and understanding of the history, culture and languages ​​of countries other than your own – an important quality in a society which aims for tolerance and harmony of all cultures and people who live there. Studying a modern foreign language is useful when applying for higher education and work because of the skills acquired within it such as memory enhancement, critical thinking, and problem solving.

In an interview about her study of A-level French, a local student revealed that she found studying a modern foreign language to be an integral part of her studies as she feels she “also has the opportunity to converse and learn about different cultures”. like improving my own understanding of English. Also, I think learning a language opens up a wide range of potential jobs in the future. The languages ​​encourage the development of a wide range of analytical and critical skills applicable to any career, with the added benefit of being fluent in the language and understanding the culture and context of the countries studied. However, languages ​​are not without their challenges, with the student pointing out that “the biggest challenge of learning a modern foreign language is forming opinions about the topics you are discussing”. Especially in the oral exam, there is not much time to think about how to answer rather obscure questions. Nevertheless, these challenges only make modern foreign languages ​​even more beneficial – as overcoming them improves problem-solving skills and develops quick-thinking skills.

In conclusion, the study of a modern foreign language remains quite relevant today because it provides a wide range of practical skills applicable to all trades and highly appreciated and respected by employers.

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