700 Reasons: Reason #421

Reason: 421
The study of a foreign language enables students to participate in the society whose language they study and to operate within different linguistic and cultural contexts. This places them in a privileged position: they can be ambassadors for their own society within the foreign society and they can also learn to view their own society from new perspectives. They can compare and contrast diverse visions of the world, thus promoting intercultural understanding and bringing distinctive benefits both to their own society, for example in employment terms, and to the society or societies of the target language(s)
Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (2002) Languages and Related Studies: Subject Benchmark Statements (Gloucester: QAA)
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Culture, Employability, HE (Higher Education sector), Intercultural competence, Mobility, Personal and social development, UK