Au revoir, French? Kinston shouldn’t cut language courses
By Megan Towery
Maybe not, if you are a Kinston High School student. All students are required to pass a foreign language course in order to pass, and Kinston has offered both Spanish and French classes until recently.
As a fourth-year French student, I was disappointed to learn that French may be phased out of the curriculum at Kinston High. I was given the choice to choose between French or Spanish my freshman year, and students were allowed to pick the option of their greatest interest.
Having only a single language option available for students limits diversity within the school. French has become a special class throughout my high school years because of its intriguing culture and beautiful language. The idea of French being completely removed from my school in the future is unacceptable because so many students will be missing out on an opportunity to learn about a different language.
Spanish is still offered at KHS and it may be argued that it is much more important to speak and recognize nowadays. Spanish is the second most used language in the United States and according to a survey in 2009, it is the primary language spoken at home by over 35.5 million individuals under the age of 5. Although knowledge of basic Spanish is convenient to have, why limit the use of other languages? French is the fourth most spoken-language in the U.S., making it valuable to our society as well.
For some students, Spanish is in fact a first language to them. By keeping French courses open, these students are allowed to be challenged if they desire a new language course.
I hope my high school will find a way to continue to offer French classes to students. Presenting only Spanish to students forces them to pass two levels even if they prefer another language. Having Spanish and French available gives students the flexibility to decide which course they find most appealing and it even allows them to take classes from both if they wish. With more varied options, students are given the ability to find what sparks their attention.
Our school needs to keep both programs. To do otherwise is to sacrifice future learning opportunities for our students.