IT IS COMMON SENSE - Your group foreign-language learning experience puts you in a position to observe, study and imitate groups of people communicating and having social interaction with each other. Through digital video, you can observe their skin color, physical features, clothing, gestures, body proximity, how they work with things around them, conversational discourse habits, accents, speech rhythm and speed., etc. All of these intensify your exposure and give you some confidence of adopting socially appropriate behavior as you begin, enter, or end your own conversations in the language, or use social media. As you repeatedly observe and imitate, you develop the understanding, process memory, sensitivity, and tolerance necessary for real international-skills success. This social value associated with your language-learning experience will be shaped in individual ways, but its is very likely to develop a desire for cultural understanding, a  true appreciation of diversity and really allow you to make new friends. We know that in business, knowledge of the right language makes "know your customer" stepping outside of the discourse of the deal. Beyond personal benefit, it is not difficult to see true international understanding from foundational comprehension that can be tested repeatedly in interactive communication between officials representing regions and nations. It goes without saying that our cultural and aesthetic awareness is sharpened, especially in the advanced stages of many foreign language programs.

While its is difficult to comparatively measure this, or to let collected data paint a convincing picture, I am beginning to collect observations and studies in articles.
I offer these thoughts and supporting documents, as a step beyond the cogitive and brain building value of foreign-language study, addressed in my

Foreign Languages: An Essential Core Experience

or the world-of-work preparation value, addressed in my

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What Is the Social Value of Learning a New Language? (Forbes 6/4/12)

Gabriƛ-Barker & Bielska (2013), 'The Affective Dimension in Second Language Acquisition'


Why the Future of American Intellectualism Depends on Study Abroad    

Valuing Languages

Proof That Bilingual Kids Grow up BE More Accepting and Tolerant Adults

The Importance of the Foreign Language Learning Contributing to World Peace

Learning a foreign language helps promote world peace

Why students need a global awareness and understanding of other cultures

Foreign Language Learning as a Factor of Intercultural Tolerance

Language learning for global citizenship: the intercultural and political dimensions of Foreign language education

America's Distrust of Foreign Languages     

Speaking a second language may change how you see the world

Is Human Nature Optimistic? People Use More Positive Words Than Negative In 10 Different Languages

The Social Dimension in Language Development: A Rich History and a New Frontier      

Language and Morality: How Foreign Speech Influences Choice

Assessing Language Acquisition and Intercultural Sensitivity Development in Relation to Study Abroad Program Design    

Reflections on the Emotional and Psychological Aspects of Foreign Language Learning and Use

Making the grade with language learning, cultural awareness

Striving for the Third Place: Intercultural Competence through Language Education.     

The Big Five personality traits and foreign language speaking confidence among Japanese EFL students   

Shifting Cultural Sensibilities in Language Use

Assessing the Effect of Foreign Language Immersion Programs on Intercultural Sensitivity    

Impact of Study Abroad on Students' Intercultural Communication Skills: Adaptability and Sensitivity   

Learning in a Globalizing World: Language Acquisition, Cultural Awareness, and Cognitive Justice

Leadership Skills Multiply With Language Skills (Forbes 12/3/14) 

Social Dimensions of Autonomy in Language Learning                                           

How relevant is social interaction in second language learning?

The Social and Academic Benefits of Second-Language Learning at the Elementary Level

For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekhov

Language And Social Values

Language Learners and Social-Emotional Development: Understanding the Benefits for Young Children

Learning A New Language Helps Kids Better Understand Psychology, Diversity

Language awareness and cultural awareness for language learners

Social Identity, Investment, and Language Learning  

Top 10 Fastest Growing Facebook Languages

7 Social Networks Designed to Help You Learn A New Language

HOW TO: Learn and Practice Languages Using Social Media

Robert D. Peckham, PhD
Globe-Gate Research
University of Tennessee at Martin
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