The Importance of
Foreign Language

In most states, the importance of foreign language is highlighted by the fact that two years of it is required to graduate and most colleges like to see it on transcripts.  If you've never taken a foreign language yourself, or if it's been so long that you don't remember any of it, you might be intimidated at the thought of having to teach your children one.

Let's face it, in today's world, knowing a foreign language is almost a necessity. If your child wants to continue on to college, then it is a necessity. But which language should you teach? Which program should you use? How many years should your child take? There are many things to consider when trying to figure this out.

Here are some of them:

  • If you start young, your children will have an easier time learning the language. Is this something you and your children are interested in? At this age you can approach it as a fun thing, not a "have to".
  • If your children are already older, do they know if they want to go to college? If they do, look into some requirements to see how many years various colleges/universities require and go from there.
  • Do you have other reasons for wanting to learn a foreign language? For example, family heritage, the area you live in, a vacation? Consider these when picking out what language to study.
  • As for the program, do your research! Take into consideration how comfortable you feel about teaching the language. Are you familiar with it or not? How do your children learn best? By hearing or seeing? Build your program around some of these issues.

We've tried a variety of languages and ways to learn them. On the next couple of pages, I'll give you my take on some of the languages we've learned as well as some of the programs we've tried. I'd be happy to hear about your experiences with various foreign language programs. If you have something you think would be helpful to people, just contact me with the information and I'll add it to the appropriate page.

After reviewing the following pages, I think you'll see the importance of foreign language in your homeschool. Just click on the different languages below to see my thoughts and recommendations.

Latin

Spanish

French

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