Why Study a World Language? Frequently Asked Questions
What language should I study?
Language choice should consider personal interests, background, and career choices. China is a dominating power in the economy and its influence is growing, which means learning the Mandarin language opens up your professional perspective. Germany is a powerful European country, which means its economic value is rising. German is the language that returns the highest profit. Korean will expand your horizons, and boost your brainpower, so you better understand Korean culture and concepts. Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language in the world after English. A rising number of employers in California prefer individuals who can speak Spanish fluently.
How many years of a world language are required? The minimum graduation requirement is two years of the same language, but all students are encouraged to take four years to remain competitive. According to UCLA, “…colleges like to see four years of the world language on a student's transcript when deciding on an admission offer..."
How do I know what level of language is most appropriate to begin my studies? Please talk to the language teachers while registering, and after that, if you have any concerns regarding placement.
Should I study a new language if I'm already proficient as a native speaker? We believe that it is in a student’s best interest to have the valuable experience of studying a new language. But yes, it is possible to continue learning the native language by taking an upper-level course.
What steps should I take to assure success in my foreign language class? Practice using the language every day as frequently as possible. Listening comprehension and speaking skills are especially important. Participate in class and do your homework!