Inland students' interest increases in foreign languages, mostly Spanish
By DAYNA STRAEHLEY
April 17, 2011
Arlington High School students in Riverside say they're taking Spanish, or French, because knowing another language will be helpful in a global economy.
"I want to be a doctor, and many doctors have to learn Spanish," said 11th-grader Heather Wilson in a Spanish 3 Honors class. "Many jobs require you to be bilingual."
Ninth-grader Gerson Sandoval said he's taking French 1 because "most continents have French as a primary language or a secondary language." Some of his classmates said they already know Spanish and English and want to learn a third language.
Their motives were echoed across the Inland area, where educators say more students are taking foreign language classes, mostly Spanish, because more students think it is useful in Southern California.
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