Language is the soul of culture. It is the pursuit of learning to communicate through reading, writing, listening, speaking, and observing in order to better understand others in the world and to better understand oneself. Studying another language is a global and personal endeavor. In a language class, discussions about the diversity of cultures in the world are inherent and inevitable.
Language study also provides a context for examining one’s own culture through comparing and contrasting it to others. While helping students build a linguistic foundation, the experience can simultaneously foster a global mindset.