High school is when it starts to count. By this time, you may not yet know what your university major will be, but you have gained a pretty good sense of your strengths and interests. If Language Arts is one of your strengths, you would be wise to consider getting more serious about the languages you study. Truth be told, becoming fluent in a language is much more difficult than anybody may have told you. The other side of that reality, however, is this: If you achieve fluency in another language, you will have the key to open many worlds of opportunity. The quantity and quality of jobs available to you as a young adult will increase exponentially. Aside from the financial boost, your fluency in another language will also make your life more interesting. The circles in which you travel will be larger and more diverse. You will have a clearer perception of world events. You will be a person who thrives in the globalized 21st Century.
Your high school language department may be top notch for a handful of languages. Yet there are a great many languages that may be even more important to you personally and professionally that your High School is simply unable to offer. Prior to the virtual classroom revolution, you would have had to study whatever language you were “served.” Now, in many parts of the country, you may study any language you choose for high school credit. You may be interested in doing this due to professional ambitions, personal relationships, your ethnicity or simply a spirit of exploration.
Increasingly, school districts are allowing independent language study to be included under the rubric of school choice. Many are actually financing such independent world language studies, whereas other states, not yet ready to finance such an undertaking, are at least allowing students to pursue independent language studies at their own expense for credit. You should inquire as to what the rules are regarding such independent studies in your school district. Often, your guidance counselor is the best person with whom to speak. We invite you to study whatever language you wish at World Language Exchange. We will help and support your success. Click on the language of your choice and follow the “high school” link for our course offerings.