3nd Globalization Symposium: Globalization of Knowledge: Economics, Ecology, and Humanities
It has been shown that students who know a second language are told to be more cognitively advanced than those who only know one language. Studies show that knowing a second language, or even starting to learn one, helps improve and increase brain activity, thus growing one's knowledge. In addition to this finding, it is also known that children have the best potential to learn a second or third language with the most ease and least of difficulty. In America, some K-6 grades are just starting to implement foreign language classes to boost their students' capabilities. In regards to other countries like China, where children in kindergarten already have started their studies in foreign languages, America is far behind. They are not teaching children foreign languages early enough. Americans are staying put with English as their favored language and some citizens may even refuse to learn a new language because of the assumption that "English is the universal language". Why are Americans less motivated to learn another language than people in other countries? With the increasing spread of Western influence around the globe, other countries are learning English in order to trade with American companies to better themselves. This spread is causing smaller countries to slowly lose their unique language and causing Americans to lose motivation to learn a new language. This also is contributing to the establishment of a universal language, which may wipe out many cultures and minor languages. This should not happen. Every country needs to protect their own culture and to rid of any contenders for a universal language, by teaching foreign languages to their children and at the same time teach their own native language to preserve their culture and identity.