Some feel that since it is challenging for
to learn a foreign
should not emphasize
subject area. In my opinion, the challenge is the entire justification for supporting
Critics argue that the majority of
are simply incapable of learning an additional
. The best evidence for
is anecdotal and relates to the increasingly large burden of work placed on young
in many parts of the world, particularly in high-achieving nations
as South Korea and Japan, are in session for many hours and students learn an array of subjects. They are usually taught English, the world’s lingua franca, and
is especially difficult for speakers of Asian languages, where there is little shared linguistic history. The end result is often that students waste time and may feel discouraged and lack self-esteem.
can learn languages better than adults and the challenge presented is itself an important lesson. If the
have invested in proper training and use engaging materials
the lessons will not be boring and there is a stronger likelihood of success. Research has shown that
learning is most effective before the age of 7, with pronunciation becoming a stumbling block for older learners who already have fixed vocal formations.
, the difficulty of learning a
to work harder and expand their ability to learn in creative ways.
applies to all subjects but languages stand out as students must seek novel memorization techniques and view the world from a completely different perspective.
In conclusion, despite the low rates of success in many cases, the impact of attempting to learn a
is itself tremendously beneficial.
part of the curriculum.