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Should children begin learning foreign languages in elementary school?

Asked at the Lawrence Public Library on November 3, 2003

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“Yes. The simple reason why is, you never know where you’ll end up. Here in the United States so many languages are spoken.”

“Yes, I think so. Studies have shown that the way the brain develops, they can learn foreign languages a lot better at an early age.”

“I work with people who speak Spanish and they get paid more because they are multilingual. We have a lot of cultures in our society, so I think yes, they should.”

“Yeah. I think it’s really essential to learn a foreign language right now. The earlier they learn it, the more fluent they will be.”

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