Why teach languages in schools?

I stumbled upon a survey currently conducted by an Australian online journal debating social and political issues of interest. The May 08 topic for discussion is “What’s the point of language teaching?”

Is it just economic, or are the biggest benefits intrinsic? What languages should be taught, how should we determine priorities? And what about “dead” and invented languages like Latin and Esperanto?

I figured we should canvass some opinions here and get some debate going. Hopefully I can get Tina to include this in the monthly Te Waka Reo newsletter.

p/s: Thanks to all those people who have joined up on the International Languages Week group on Facebook. Good to see the level of interest in languages.

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Kenneth is Director of Euroasia. He is passionate about languages and cultures.

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