CROMWELL, Conn. — Story by Maya Tomczyk
The sound of a ringing bell starts off Saturday morning classes at Harford Polish Saturday School. The school has been teaching children of all ages for over 80 years and focuses on enhancing Polish speaking skills, reading, and writing skills.
There are countless benefits to learning a second language. Kasia Brodowicz, the Academic Director at the Hartford Polish School, stresses the importance of a second language, “It gives you the opportunity to discover new things, new culture, new people, new cuisine.”
Learning a second language improves performance in other school subjects. According to Trinity College, studying a foreign language enhances problem solving, and improves listening and memory.
But the benefits of learning a second language also go beyond school.
Alexandra Tomczyk, a student at the Hartford Polish School, comments that “Learning a second language could be very beneficial for you in the future, you can talk to someone that speaks that language and be able to communicate with them, or in the future whenever your traveling you can communicate with other people for help and you can also get benefits when learning a language that is similar to that one.”
Also in speaking with Mrs. Christina Williams, the Facilitator for World Language at Cromwell Public Schools, loves teaching her students a second language because it helps them become global citizens of the world, bilingual and bicultural. It connects people in bringing the similarities to light instead of the differences and that is the importance of learning a second language.
“I think that learning anything new is an adventure, especially when you learn a new language.” according to Brodowicz. Learning a second language provides crucial skills for a student in today's society.
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