700 Reasons: Reason #369

Reason: 369
By its very nature the study of a foreign language adds a distinctive dimension of its own: It exposes learners to new experiences and enables them to make connections in a way which would not otherwise be possible, and this in itself deepens their understanding of their mother tongue; Operating with a more limited stock of language both brings out the need for strategies for communication and makes learners more conscious of the meaning of words and the structure of sentences; The sounds and intonation patterns of the foreign language present a challenge to learners' capacity to discriminate and imitate
The Department of Education and Science; Welsh Office (1990) Modern Foreign Languages for Ages 11 to 16 (London: HMSO)
Related Keywords:
Communication, English Mother Tongue, Language awareness, Learning strategies, Personal and social development, Secondary sector, Uniqueness