“Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry, or savour their songs.”
― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
The main purpose of learning a foreign language is to be able to use that language to communicate with people. It is an opportunity to better understand other people and their culture, and to enrich our own experience of the world, whether we travel widely or not. There is also the economic value of being able to sell or buy goods in the language of the trading partner, or being able to take up job opportunities abroad. Learning a foreign language has a direct benefit on literacy in English: students learn about language structure and grammar, how to communicate effectively and accurately in speech and writing and acquire strategies for reading: working out meanings and making deductions from a text.
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