Palumbo said research indicates that foreign language learning influences:
- Cognitive ability: A positive relationship between early second language learning and improved mental processes, including conceptual learning
- Achievement gains: Those studying foreign languages performed better on state assessments than those who did not; learning a second language is especially beneficial to the academic achievement of minority and low-income families
- The wise use of technology: The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, in its 2012 report, states that computer-based programs are increasingly used by qualified teachers to supplement and/or differentiate instruction, boost access to native speakers, and provide practice
“We need to take a look at the power that a world language education or program can give our students,” she said.
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