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Spanish

¨      Spanish is one of the several national languages of Spain and the official language of twenty nations in North, Central, and South America. Approximately 360,000,000 people in the world speak Spanish.

¨      Spanish is widely spoken in the United States; 35,000,000 people of Latin American and Spanish descent live in the Untied States. The U.S. is the third largest Spanish speaking country in the world

¨      Spanish speakers have been immigrating to the U.S. for over 400 years.  Many people in the U.S. have Spanish as a heritage language.

¨      Spanish, or español, is a romance language that evolved from Latin. There are many different varieties of Spanish spoken in the Americas. 

¨      The study of Spanish offers learners the opportunity to communicate, to learn, and to function appropriately in Hispanic communities.

¨      Increasingly, music, film, and foods produced in the Untied States for the general population, feature the Spanish language and cultural phenomena from the Spanish-speaking world.

¨      The study of Spanish helps with the understanding of English grammar and expanding students’ vocabulary.

¨      Students enrolled in the study of languages including Spanish have higher SAT scores for each year of language studied than students who do not study a foreign language.

¨      Learning a new language increases problem-solving skills and improves memory, self-discipline, and self-esteem. Spanish is the language of many literary  masterpieces, which can be accessed in the original version by speakers of Spanish.

¨      South and Central America represent a growing market for American companies. The NAFTA treaty with Mexico, Canada and the United States opened the doors for additional trade and communication among these countries.

¨      South America is one of the favorite destinations of American tourists.

¨      According to the Kiplinger Washington Editors, the Hispanic share of the workforce will increase 25 percent by 2010.

¨      There are many linguistic and cultural opportunities in the United States for learners of Spanish as a second language.

Sources:

1.        Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century, “Standards for Japanese Language Learning, pages 328 – 332.  The Allen Press, Lawrence, KS. 1999.

2.        NCDPI Instructional Services, News Information and Resources- Second Languages

http://www.learnnc.org/DPI/instserv.nsf/