Keep student options open for third-level and beyond!
Facilitate your students overall academic development, move more in line with their international peers, where language learning is accepted as a central facet of the full educational experience. According to Eurostat data (2021), “In a majority of EU Member States, more than three fifths of students in general upper secondary education pupils were learning two or more foreign languages in 2019; by contrast, this share reached only 12.1% in Ireland.”
Enhance student wellbeing, as the European Commission (2017) notes, “From a public health perspective, various clinical studies in the area of neuroscience show the positive effects of bilingualism, independent of the languages involved. Positive effects are sustained over the life course and relate to increased cognitive abilities beyond linguistic skills”.
Foster social benefits and resilience for students through new friendships and the development of positive mindsets towards different cultures. Our world is now a global village; understanding each other has never been more vital.