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A plea for more language course options

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Pictured: French Textbook provided by Nathan Martin

Photo courtesy of Nathan Martin Pictured: French Textbook provided by Nathan Martin

Photo courtesy of Nathan Martin Pictured: French Textbook provided by Nathan Martin

Nathan Martin, Staff Writer

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During the summer, I enrolled in an intensive French course at L’Alliance Française de Dallas. This institute was my only access to a reliable language course. After weighing the pros and cons, I decided not to continue once school started, due to the distance and the time it takes up during the school week.

The importance of diversity of languages in education continues to escalate. The intention here is not to bash, but to explore the future of the school’s options offered in the language department. During my time in French classes, I felt deep anguish due to the school not offering anything that explores the French language further. It feels unfair to not have an option that would allow students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the French culture.

With the options of many new courses this school year and several new administrative staff members, students feel like enough change continues to plague the school. However, vast room for improvement around campus still stands. What happens when students from the Dual Language program at Rann Elementary eventually make their way up to high school? These students will already know the Spanish language well before entering high school, so other options for them include ASL, French or even German.

The cost of adding a new language course, compared to the cost of supplying new laptops to all students and even more purchases made over the past few months, is minute. With a diverse community, finding a qualified individual seems possible.

As a student that wishes for more language courses, arguments against adding diversity to language courses do not come easy. Student’s knowledge only increases if the school invests in a new language course. Plus, the study of a new language and culture only broadens the horizons for the eagles of DHS.

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