Motivators for Learning a New Language

There are two main ways to categorize peoples’ reasons for deciding to learn a new language; integrative motivators and instrumental motivators. Integrative motivators are a person’s desire to communicate in order to continue building a relationship. In our multi-lingual society, someone may choose to learn another language to better communicate with a coworker of a different country, a deaf friend, a new dating partner, or to honor an elderly family member’s heritage. Instrumental motivators are the practical reasons someone wants to learn a language. Practical reasons could be to increase career opportunities, fulfill an academic requirement, or to better experience an upcoming trip abroad. Regardless of the motivation, Global Arena offers personalized language training programs for over 150 languages to bridge communication gaps and build rapport between friends, coworkers, and communities.

What are the benefits of learning another language?

Studying a new language can be challenging with the need to practice proper pronunciation, learn new verb tenses, and understand how to place new words into context. The brainpower and focus that is required to both learn and retain another language has additional benefits beyond everyday communication. A study by Pennsylvania State University found that bilingual speakers are better than monolingual speakers at multitasking due to their continual need to switch between languages. Bilingual students are shown to receive higher scores than monolingual students on standardized ACT/SAT tests. The Public Research Center for Health in Luxembourg conducted a study which determined people who know two or more languages have a lowered risk of onset dementia and Alzheimer’s later in life. Polyglots, people who know multiple languages, have a competitive edge in the job market since their language skills are a valuable asset and companies will pay higher salaries to employees with those skills. The ability to remember lists and people’s names is heightened due to the cognitive skills and brain power being utilized; similar to exercising muscles within the body to build strength. Learning a new language provides the obvious advantage of communicating with others but with the added benefits of higher test scores, better mental health in old age, and being a more attractive prospect in the job market.

Global Arena’s coordination team work in conjunction with our extensive network of teachers which allows us to provide language training virtually anywhere in the world. Our strict criteria of native-level fluency, advanced academic qualifications, and experience ensure students are learning from some of the best teachers in the field. Our initial assessment for students determines their skill level, allowing us to customize a needs-based program and properly matches students with teachers. A tailored training is designed to work around the student’s schedule and lifestyle, offering classes at home, in the office, during the day, night, or on weekends. Global Arena collects feedback and runs progress reports to make sure the needs, pace, and personal goals for each student’s tailored program are on track.

To explore more about Global Arena’s personal or group language programs, visit our language training page or simply request a quote


Sources:
The Telegraph. June 9, 2013, Why learn a foreign language? author Anne Merritt – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationopinion/10126883/Why-learn-a-foreign-language-Benefits-of-bilingualism.html 

Travel + Leisure. February 2, 2017, 5 Proven Benefits of Learning a New Language. author RichelleSzypulski http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/offbeat/health-benefits-learning-new-language  

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