(click on the links to see for yourself)
It's Part of Our History/Future:
St. Augustine, FL
The very first European city established in the United States spoke Spanish. It was established 42 years before the English established Jamestown and 55 years before the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock.
The oldest state capital is Santa Fe, New Mexico. Santa Fe was founded in 1609, over 150 years before the United States even existed as a country. Santa Fe is one of many Spanish named cities and states in the large swath of land that includes New Mexico, California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, and Florida. Spanish has been continuously spoken in many of these areas of the United States for more than 400 years.
If we count the population of Spanish speakers in the US, we are the 5th largest "Spanish-speaking" country even though Spanish is not the "official" language of the US (but then again, neither is English).
Most Studied 2nd Language in U.S.
4x more students than 2nd place language.
2nd Most Spoken Language in World
1 - Chinese
2 - Spanish
3 - English
Visit One Of The 22+ Countries Where Spanish Is Spoken
(Spanish is the "Official" Language): Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Spain, Equatorial Guinea.
(Spanish is Widely Spoken): USA, Belize, Philippines, Andorra
Get Into College
FL credits count as a core credit in the Iowa Regent's Admission Index.
Also required for admission/graduation for many 4 year schools.
Earn DMACC Credit
Spanish 3 and 4 are offered as dual credit at PCHS. You can earn up to 18 hours of college Spanish credit.
Earn 3-12 CLEP Credits
CLEP Test = $77
Normal College Credits = $250+/per credit
Many employers increasingly require bilingual employees.
Many will give preference to a bilingual job applicant.
Improve Your Native Language
Research suggests that bilingual people are better in their native language too.
Improve Overall Academic Performance
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Students who learn languages at an early age “consistently display enhanced cognitive abilities relative to their monolingual peers.”
Still not Convinced???
Here is a link to 700 Reasons to Study a Foreign Language written by England's Higher Education Academy, Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies