Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

6-1-2011

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Carmen Caceda

Honors Program Director

Gavin Keulks

Abstract

There are many benefits to teaching a foreign language, for example Spanish, to elementary school students in the United States. There are forty five million Hispanics who speak Spanish as a first or second language and there are six million Spanish students and there is an increasing need for United States citizens to be bilingual. Teaching students a second language will also he lp to increase the influence of the United States politically and economically. This paper will look at how foreign languages are typically taught to students i n the United States, and how the English language is taught to students in Europe. It will also explore the cognitive benefits to teaching foreign languages to younger students through research from educational journals and texts concerning bilingual education. The many benefits of teaching elementary school students a foreign language in public schools should persuade school districts to incorporate mandatory foreign language classes.

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