It’s common knowledge that in the 21st century everyone tries to get the best education possible. To begin with, knowing foreign languages broadens your outlook and develops you mentality. The more languages we know, the more intelligent we are. Furthermore, you can study or work abroad and not have to face the language barrier. We can travel abroad and communicate with other people easily, which gives us great satisfaction. As a result, you gain better employment and educational opportunities abroad. To sum up, there are a lot of reasons why people should learn foreign languages.
First of all, nowadays pupils are learning English because some of them want to have further education in English-speaking countries, for example in England. It is perceived as a kind of prestige, because a diploma or qualification opens doors to the best jobs in Britain, amongst other countries. In other words, the public opinion is that attending a foreign school or university is even more challenging than attending a simple home state school.
It is interesting to note, that British and Lithuanian education systems have lots of in common and in Lithuania you are probably more likely to get an even better education. In both countries compulsory school education lasts until the age of 16. For example, pupils can leave school having finished the tenth form in Lithuania. These pupils usually go to vocational junior colleges. The Curriculum there is the group of subjects such as Colloquial, Mathematics, History, as well as special interests, which are Science and Foreign Languages. It should be added, that in both countries students have to pass exams at the age of 16. In Britain they are called GCSEs. If you want to have a higher education you can take A-Levels, and then you have the opportunity to study at university. Students are able to receive grants from the government or take out a student loan.
It is also interesting to note that there is usually one important subject missing from most schools timetables. Very few students are taught how to organize their learning, and how to make the best out of their time. Let’s take some simple examples. Not everyone knows how to look up words in a dictionary and understand all the information the dictionary contains. Even though learning by heart can be useful, it is also important to have a genuine understanding of a subject. In Lithuania teachers only try to maintain the main curriculum and keep everything in order. On the other hand, in England teachers also possess other important characteristics of a good teacher like a sense of humor. Teachers who show great enthusiasm for his or her subject usually bring out the best in each student and they give students greater self-esteem. In connection with this, a motivation to learn the language and accomplish the task comes from this positive attitude.
Regarding speaking skills in a foreign language , they are learned by constant practise and frequent use. Homework helps students to see if they understood everything that teacher has said. People can improve their knowledge of foreign languages even further through discussions in class.
To conclude, pupils should be able to choose the subjects they want to study, and not have them imposed by teachers or educational authorities. Schools aren’t responsible for personal and moral development of student. Schools must only help you to decide on your priorities.