Did you take a language class in School? How much do you remember? Did it benefit you at all?
Here’s a study that says even if you don’t remember any of the vocabulary or words of a foreign language, there are still benefits to your brain.
1. You’ll Become A More Intuitive Problem-Solver
Sometimes we need to step away from learning all the grammar rules and just simply listen to a language. Listening and hearing how it sounds can be a great way growing your intuition on how a language should be spoken.
2. You’ll Get Better At Messing Up
Riding a bike wasn’t always easy. You had to practice, and fall down many times before zipping along on your bike. And even if you haven’t ridden your bike in a long time, a few wobbly blocks might be all it takes before you can ride like a kid again. Practice, practice practice.
3. You’ll Start Seeing Things From Fresh Angles
Learning a new language means also opening yourself up to new cultures. Different cultures perceive things differently, from how you organize your home to the logical transportation to work. Exposing yourself to multicultural opportunity leaves the door open to creativity and a different way of thinking.
Congratulations to Jennifer Martinez-Sanchez of the German School Phoenix in Tempe, Arizona. Jennifer has been awarded the Gold Medal and received special recognition on the Presidential Honor Roll for outstanding performance on the 2016-2017 National German Exam for High School Students. Jennifer received this award after scoring in the 93rd percentile on the Level 2 2016-2017 National German Exam sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).
Over 21,000 students participated in the exam this year. The National German Exam, now in its 56th year, rewards students through an extensive prize program and provide a means of comparing students in all regions of the US. Hal Boland, teacher of German at Heritage High School in Leesburg, Virginia and AATG President said, “The outstanding performance of these German students in our national competition brings honor to their school, their district, and their German program. The AATG salutes their tremendous accomplishment and the great work their teachers do.”
Founded in 1926, the AATG represents German teachers at all levels of instruction. The AATG is dedicated to the advancement and improvement of the teaching of language, literature, and culture of the German‐speaking countries.
Jennifer Martinez-Sanchez is a student of Arun Ryan, German teacher at German School Phoenix.