The Importance Of A Foreign Language

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Register to read the introduction… Studies have shown that, “children who have studied a world language develop a sense of cultural pluralism (openness to and appreciation of other cultures)” (Lipton, 2004 as cited in Tochon, 2009). With a policy encouraging young children pursuing a foreign language, a society can prepare itself for the inevitable needs for global participation by having a large demographic of tolerant, welcoming individuals who would be eager and enthusiastic to facilitate partnership, trade, and commerce opportunity necessary for growth. Furthermore, there might be a secondary effect, as well, where the tolerance and awareness would seep from the children to their immediate family, thus exponentially spreading the progressive attitude amongst their community. While the paper has not yet secured academic support for this argument, the authors decide that it is worth mentioning, and, if possible, it could be an intriguing hypothesis for investigation in a future …show more content…
The consequence of this process can be destructive: loss of mother tongue, ignorance towards cultural heritage, disruption in communication between family members. Fillmore alludes to some of the most tragic incidents in her study where family ties are severed, as language serves as the basis for communication, and communication is what builds relationship. While such cases may be extreme and infrequent, the threat of losing one’s native language in the pursuit for multilingualism is real, especially when one is overly zealous in acquiring a new language at the cost of maintaining their native tongue. As this argument has demonstrated, balance between acquiring a new language and maintaining the mother tongue is a vital necessity if one were to reap the benefits of being

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