Education K-12 M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Cavalier, Meghan

Second Reader

Erin Wanat;


Second language learning and empathy are two concepts frequently explored and employed in schools but are often treated as separate domains. This literature review aims to analyze the connection between learning a second language and the development of empathy in young students, as well as implications for schools in the United States. When looking at this area of study, there are many factors that need to be considered such as the influence of political ideologies, language learning programs, optimal ages for language acquisition, communication skills enhanced by language learning, as well as potential cognitive benefits of learning a second language. Although more specific research is needed, second language learning has the potential to be a powerful tool to grow students’ empathic abilities, which is why schools in the United States should consider encouraging more language learning opportunities for all students.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis