How much foreign language is enough?
This is another common question I hear from my PrepWell Academy students as they begin to solidify next year's class schedule.
Aside from "a love of learning" (which is the best motivation), there may be other reasons to extend your foreign language study during high school. Namely, the impact it may have on your college admissions prospects. Here are some factors to consider:
What type of schools do you aspire to?
Highly-Selective Liberal Arts Colleges...
- expect 4 years of foreign language study in high school
- yes, even if you took foreign language in middle school, and plan to meet the minimum high school language requirements by sophomore year, highly-selective liberal arts colleges still want to see 4 years (in high school) of foreign language study.
- consider foreign language on par with other core disciplines (e.g. math, science, social sciences, English).
- believe foreign language is essential to a broad-based education