The Great Opportunity
Instructor of Japanese Language
The Prospectus (Vol.9 #2 Sept. 2 ’15) carried an article reporting the
significant trend of decrease in the enrollment in foreign language courses now
comparing to ten years ago. According to the article only 3.2% of the student body
study a foreign language at Parkland College.
According to the article some of the reasons for the change are
* foreign languages are neither required for admission nor graduation at many
* the increasing cost of attending colleges and universities among other reasons.
In addition to the reasons mentioned above, it seems that the purpose of
education being emphasized today is as a means of getting a job. For that reason
rightfully emphasis goes to obtaining skills, techniques, and information for a
A great number of graduates of Parkland College reach their goals
professionally and successfully live as productive members of our society. Now
learning a foreign language does not seem to be important for the job-searching
process for many people since some higher education institutions do not require
foreign language and students are not aware of what opportunities are opened up
for individuals with multiple language skills.
The article indicated only 3.2 % of students study other languages.
It means theoretically only 3 people out of 100 in the workforce in any field can
communicate with people from other countries in this new global age. These 3%
people have a chance to stand out as unique persons compared to the other 97 %
of the population.
Recently one of the top management officers of a multi-national Japanese
company at a seminar at The University of Illinois told the audience that his
company is seeking people who are sensitive toward other cultures and can
communicate with people in other languages in addition to skills and knowledge in
There are many examples of people working in various fields as a result of
having invested their time and energy in studying a foreign language, such as
* working in an airline company
* working in a management office in a retail company
* teaching in another countries
* being a health care professional here or abroad
* serving as a language specialist in a military force
When fewer people study foreign language the greater the opportunity becomes
for you to be a more qualified person than the 97 %. You can be a unique person
in your field which increases your job opportunities. Parkland College offers
several languages. While studying here at Parkland College take advantage of the
opportunity to learn a new language or increase your skills in one you’ve already begun.