Learning New Languages and Cultures Increases Student Success Rates

In today’s society, children are introduced to many different ethnicities and cultural traditions. Exposure to various languages of other cultures can help students flourish both in their classrooms and in their communities.

When students learn and practice foreign languages, they tend to score higher on standardized exams, including the ACT and the SAT. According to the College Board, a 2004 study found that high school students who completed at least four years of foreign languages scored more than 100 points higher on each section of the SAT than those who took only one semester or less. Research conducted by the ERIC — Institute of Education Sciences found that taking foreign language courses allows students to improve their developments in the verbal sections, particularly in the area of vocabulary, more than by simply studying the English language.

Because of their abilities to identify correct grammatical and syntactical uses in the different languages they study, students are also able to understand proper grammar and syntax in their native languages. The earlier they are exposed to foreign languages, the more likely they are to begin reading at younger ages and performing better on tests in their own dialects.

Introducing a student to a foreign language early on in life also allows him or her to acquire that language more easily. Children are able to speak second languages free of accents and with fluent grammar until they turn 7 or 8 years old — what is known as the “critical period” — after which point it will become more difficult.

These individuals who become proficient in multiple languages are not only able to speak each language well, but they are also able to communicate, in general, more effectively than monolingual students. Students do not necessarily need to be completely bilingual in order to advance their communication abilities, but merely being in a multilingual environment allows them to improve their skills in this particular area.

While studying foreign languages in elementary and secondary schools is certainly advantageous for students as they continue their educations at the collegiate level, doing so has also proven to be effective in helping individuals further their careers and have better opportunities in terms of the roles for which they are qualified in the workforce. Thus, it is important to take advantage of these multilingual programs when they are available.

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Shelby Wagner - 1st Grade Teacher Fairmont Historic AnaheimTop Teacher & Skating Champion
Shelby “My favorite part of being a teacher is the children I get to teach.”
  • Is one of the head teachers for the Fountain Valley Artistic Skating Club, teaching regional and national champions. She also teaches beginner classes every Saturday morning.
  • Every year, her students are amazed to find that their teacher has a life outside of the classroom.
“I love feeling like I’m part of a family [at Fairmont].”
Keira Kamath - 5th Grade Fairmont Anaheim HillsScience & Tennis Superstar
keira “I like how there are so many different specialty classes at Fairmont Anaheim Hills, like art, music, PE, science lab, computer lab, and Spanish.”
  • She would like to be a professional tennis player when she grows up, or maybe a doctor.
  • Loves dance and plays the piano
  • Her favorite class is science “because you get to figure out stuff, and I like to do experiments.”
Nicholas Aghaian - 7th Grade Fairmont Historic AnaheimKicking His Way to Med School
nicolas“The teachers and the amount of support they provide to not only me, but to the whole entire community here at Fairmont is probably what I like most about attending Fairmont Historic Anaheim.”
  • He would like to be a professional soccer player, or a doctor specializing in the field of sports medicine.
  • Enjoys basketball, piano, and soccer pitch.
  • His favorite subject is math “because I like to be challenged, and math is full of challenges.”
Gianluca De Gregoris – 2nd Grade Fairmont North TustinDancing Toward Greatness
dancing"What I like most about Fairmont is that I get to learn and meet new friends.”
  • He wants to be a professional dancer when he grows up.
  • Is trained in ballet and ballroom dancing.
  • Loves writing and creating new stories.
Nicole Heyman - Kindergarten Teacher Fairmont Anaheim HillsLaying a Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Nicole "The best part about teaching at Fairmont is being able to work with a diverse group of students who are all incredibly talented. It is amazing to be able to challenge students at such a young age and watch these children grow throughout the year.”
  • Loves camping, reading, and traveling
  • Her students love learning random things about her – like the fact that when she was in kindergarten she wanted to be Spiderman when she grew up.
  • Her proudest moments are the times when a student on campus is excited to see her, oftentimes telling her that she’s “the best teacher in the world.” “I live for those moments.”
“I choose to teach at Fairmont because of the sense of community, as well as the drive for our students to succeed.”
DJ Clovis - Music Teacher Fairmont North TustinRunning to the Rhythm
DJ Clovis “I get to work with amazing staff, faculty, parents, and most importantly, students!”
  • Teaches music to all grades — from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Coaches (or has coached) football, basketball, and Run Club
  • Plays bass trombone
  • NJHS Conflict Resolution Coach
  • He has run 15 marathons and 4 ultra marathons.
“The best part of teaching at Fairmont is the autonomy — being able to create a program that fits all of my students. At Fairmont North Tustin, I get to help with a lot of different activities.”