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Language learning provides the opportunity for students to engage with the linguistic and cultural diversity of humanity, to reflect on their understanding of human experience in all aspects of social life, and on their own participation and ways of being in the world.

Learning languages broadens students’ horizons to include the personal, social, and employment opportunities that an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world presents. The interdependence of countries means people in all spheres of life have to be able to negotiate experiences and meanings across languages and cultures. It has also brought the realisation that, despite its status as a world language, a capability only in English is not sufficient. A bilingual or pluri–lingual capability is the norm in most parts of the world.

Learning languages:
  • extends the capability to communicate and extends literacy repertoires
  • strengthens understanding of the nature of language, of culture, and of the processes of communication
  • develops intercultural understanding
  • develops understanding of, and respect for, diversity and difference, and an openness to different perspectives and experiences
  • develops understanding of how culture shapes world view and extends the learner’s understanding of themselves, their own heritage, values, culture, and identity
  • strengthens intellectual and analytical capabilities and enhances creative and critical thinking

Learning languages also contributes to strengthening the community’s social, economic, and international development capabilities. Language capability contributes to the development of rich linguistic and cultural resources through which the community can engage socially, culturally, and economically in all domains. These include business, trade, science, law, education, tourism, diplomacy, international relations, health, and languages.
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