Importance of Spanish classes

Danelle Wollyung

     Spanish classes have become increasingly popular in schools across the United States. As the Spanish speaking population in the county continues to grow, many educators are recognizing the importance of teaching Spanish to students as a means of promoting cultural understanding and communication. 

     One of the key benefits of teaching Spanish in schools is that it can help students to communicate more effectively with Spanish speaking individuals in their communities. This is particularly important for students who live in areas where there are many different cultures involved in the school district, as it can enable them to bridge across cultural and linguistic careers and for relationships with people from different backgrounds. Cultural bridging offers leaders to align people across cultural differences with resources and guidelines that allows members to break free from their original culture patterns. 

     In addition to promoting communication and understanding, Spanish classes can also help students to develop important cognitive skills. Learning a second language has been shown to improve memory, problem solving skills, and overall cognitive function. This is because the process of learning a new language requires students to engage in complex mental tasks, such as memorizing vocabulary, applying grammar rules, and comprehending new concepts.

     Moreover, Spanish classes can also have a positive impact on students’ academic achievement. Many people who have taken a second language have shown that students who study a second language tend to perform better in other academic subjects, such as math and science. This is because the cognitive skills developed through learning a new language can be applied to other areas of study, leading to better overall academic performance. 

     Beyond the practical benefits, Spanish classes can also provide students with a deeper appreciation of Hispanic culture and history. By studying the language, students can gain insights into the rich cultural traditions, history, and literature of Spanish speaking countries. This can be a valuable way to broaden students’ horizons and promote greater cultural understanding.

     This is connected to HAHS because there are many different backgrounds with students at schools and if someone were to move to this school who does speak Spanish students would be able to communicate with them. It matters because in students’ futures they are guaranteed to come across a Spanish speaking individual and they would be able to talk to them. 

     In conclusion, Spanish classes have a range of benefits for students, including promoting communication and understanding, developing cognitive skills, improving academic performance, and fostering appreciation of hispanic culture and history. As such, it is important for schools to continue to offer Spanish classes as part of their curriculum, in order to prepare students for an increasingly diverse and interconnected world.