Why Arabic?

Here are some resources explaining why learning a second language and specifically Arabic is beneficial.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
http://www.actfl.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=4524

document why_learn_arabic_2.doc   --  Reasons for learning Arabic.
document english_words_of_arabic_origin_2.doc   --  Here are a few words we use in English that are actually from Arabic. The original Arabic words are written in Roman characters. Arabic is written in Arabic script.