The Importance of Learning a Language
By the Language Leaders at Wellington School.
In Wellington School, each pupil takes a language: French, Spanish or German. This is because achieving a GCSE in a language is very important and can help you a lot in the future. Firstly, learning a second language means you can experience their culture and if you decide to go on holiday, you can use your second language – which the local people would love and respect. You learn about differences and similarities; this helps you understand others around you and helps you communicate with people (which you wouldn’t be able to do if you didn’t know the language). It is also really good to have on your CV as job interviewers are more likely to hire you if you have languages GCSE. Countries are merging and communicating more, meaning languages are needed in society.
I believe the majority of people who take a language understand why they take it and realise that having knowledge on a different language is useful for the future. Obviously, some people enjoy it more than others but those who do not enjoy taking a language; they can take it very seriously and try their very best at all times.
For those pupils who aren’t as enthusiastic about learning a language, there are ways we can develop their enjoyment. Firstly, teachers could reinforce the importance of learning a language by either showing a short clip or explaining why. Also, by doing practical and interactive activities such as “Linguascope” may help them become more comfortable with basics. To add to this, if they are lacking in confidence teachers could let them do group work with friends or encourage them to go to a language based club. By doing this, it might make these certain individuals more enthusiastic in language lessons. We think it is important that the younger years, learn the importance before they choose their favourite language because if you can prove to them how important it is at a younger age, they are more likely to put more effort in which will essentially improve their levels.
Becoming language leaders this year has emphasised why learning a language is crucial and essential in life. It has made us realise that in order to communicate with others around the world you have to attempt speaking their language and even if it isn’t very accurate they will appreciate the attempt. Also, we have realised how many jobs require a language, even jobs you do not expect. Having a language GCSE against someone without one puts you at an advantage, which is very handy when applying for jobs where there are other candidates. We are also all considering taking languages further to study at A-level as it is something that can get you far in life.
The best thing about languages in our opinion is that it builds your confidence and this can help you, in not just MFL but in every other subject. In the long term, you can create amazing essays and can even create speaking pieces too which are all great preparation for your language GCSE, as for the GCSE it involves speaking, listening reading and writing.