How Languages Build Cultural Competencies:
- Second-language learners demonstrate enhanced development of self-awareness as well as more positive attitudes and openness to other languages and their speakers and cultures.
- Second-language learners often show fewer cultural prejudices and negative stereotypes.
- Second-language learning has potential for fostering intercultural dialogue and easing antagonism between conflicting sides.
The above statements come from the Literature on the Impact of Second-Language Learning (2017).
Read Why Learn Languages? Languages Build Intercultural Competencies – a short summary of the benefits of learning a second language.
Read a research-based article on how language learning builds international competencies:
- Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC): Learning a language opens people’s minds about other cultures, expert says