Why learn Spanish Today?
- 62% growth in the Spanish-speaking population in the ten years between 1990 and 2000.
- Of 1.4 million college students enrolled in foreign language classes in Fall 2002, 54% were enrolled in Spanish.
- In 2000, 69% of high school students chose Spanish.
- Professionals from all walks of life are learning Spanish.
- Many parents want their children to start learning Spanish before high-school.
- The U.S. is currently the 5th largest Spanish-speaking nation in the world, having more Spanish-speakers than any other nation except Mexico, Colombia, Spain and Argentina.
- Illinois is the 5th State with the largest number of Spanish speakers in the United States
- There are close to 35 million Spanish speakers in the mainland excluding Puerto Rico
Read more about the benefits of being bilingual from the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
Follow the new blog on Life as a bilingual by Francois Grosjean in Psychology Today.
Read the latest article from the New York Times (2010/12/30) on why it is important to learn Spanish in elementary school now.
More benefits for bilinguals reported in The Guardian (2011/2/18).
The bilingual advantage for cognition The New York Times (2011/5/30)