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    So, when I was in school the choices available for the foreign language requirement were limited to French and Spanish. That's it. Same for my older siblings when they had been in school. Spanish and French, French and Spanish. For decades that's just the way it was. Of course private schools have always offered a wider range of choices, and even today public schools are often offering a variety of languages to choose from. However, it seems that French and Spanish still predominate. Is this productive for the world we are educating children to enter today?

    If a school were limited to offering just three foreign languages (for the sake of argument), which three would you choose and why?
     
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    And I wonder if it might be a positive to deliberately leave Spanish off the list? Perhaps a controversial view, but...
     
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    Does anyone see the utility of teaching so many American students French in this day and age?
     
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    i est important de parler des autres langues. et quand je suis au paris le semaine prochaine, je vais ĂȘtre capable de communiquer un petit peu.

    mais surtout, il ne se trompe jamais d'apprendre
     
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    I wasn't talking about the general importance of being able to communicate in other languages, as the OP makes clear. I was talking about what would be the most useful choices for American students today in learning a foreign language or languages. Considering the likelihood of American studetns really mastering another language to a significant degree, it seems prudent to make such choices wisely.
     
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    My HS offered French, Spanish, German, Russian, Hebrew, and Latin.

    If limited to three, I would offer French, Spanish, and German.
     
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    Ok. Why those?
     
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    What particular use do those languages have for an American today?
     
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    I see no benefit in Americans learning other languages except in certain situations.

    The system in which I teach offers Mandarin in elementary school.

    My school is the most diverse in the system and we offer Spanish, French, German, Arabic, and probably others I don't remember. Many of the middle eastern kids struggle with Arabic and some Hispanic kids struggle with Spanish.

    Lots of people around the world learn English early in life. It is the language of business in this global economy and the language of international flight travel. Although I still speak Southern English, it has served me well for several decades.
     
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    The best language is 'speak no evil'.
     

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