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Research Findings

What does research show about the benefits of language learning?

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In this age of accountability in education, policymakers and administrators, as well as parents, are increasingly demanding to know what research studies show regarding the benefits of language learning. We will identify some of the major correlation studies that highlight how language learners benefit from their experiences. Explore the links below for studies specific to those areas.

Academic Achievement

Academic Achievement
Language learning correlates with higher academic achievement
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Competence and Proficiency
Students acquire competence in second language while maintaining proficiency
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Reading Abilities
Language learning is beneficial in the development of students’ reading abilities.
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Skill Transfer
Language learners transfer skills from one language to another
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Linguistic Awareness
There is a correlation between second language learning and increased linguistic awareness
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Scientific Hypotheses
Language learners have improved ability to hypothesize in science
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Socioeconomics
Language learning can benefit all students
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Print Awareness
Second language development improves development of print awareness
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Language Brokering
Translating for family improves academic performance and self-efficacy
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Test Scores
Language study results in higher SAT and ACT scores
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College Performance
High school language study may result in higher academic performance at the college level
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Cognitive Benefits

Cognitive Abilities
Early language learning improves cognitive abilities
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Benefits of Language Learning Resources
The cognitive, academic, & attitudinal benefits of early language learning
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Increased Cognitive Development and Abilities
Bilingualism Correlates with Increased Cognitive Development and Abilities
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Age-related cognitive losses
Correlation Between Bilingualism and Age-Related Cognitive Losses
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Bilingualism and Intelligence
Bilingualism and attentional control of cognitive tasks
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Bilingualism and Metalinguistic Skills
Bilingualism and metalinguistic skills
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Memory Skills
Bilingualism and memory skills
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Problem-Solving Ability
Bilingualism and problem solving ability
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Improved Verbal and Spatial Abilities
Research on bilingual cognitive development
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Benefits of Bilingualism with Reviews of Literature
Benefits of Bilingualism by Investigating Reviews of Literature
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Cultural Attitudes and Beliefs

Cultural Attitudes and Beliefs
Language Learners develop a more positive attitude to speakers of that language
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Language education benefits everyone

Students aren’t the only ones who benefit from language learning. The benefits of teaching and learning language extend throughout society and our world.

Employability and World Languages

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Infographic Employability Skills + World Languages

Infographic showing how world language learners develop the skills identified in the Employability Skills Framework for Career and Technical Education (CTE).

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Document (PDF) Employability Skills

IJͼ’s Professional Learning Committee outlines correlation to language learning and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Employability Skills Framework.

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Report

Study-based report indicating an urgent and growing demand for language skills in the workplace.

Thanks to Amanda Kibler and Sandy Philipose, Graduate Research Assistants of Guadalupe Valdés at Stanford University, for assisting in the compilation of these studies.

This information is not designed to provide a comprehensive review of the research studies available but has been compiled to highlight the benefits of language learning.