It probably comes as no surprise that there are myriad benefits to learning a second language. And as an intelligent adult (now…hopefully?? Maybe??), you’ve probably realized this and regret tuning out during most of your Spanish or French classes in high school.
Or maybe that’s just me.
According to a recent article on Parents.com: Research published in Psychological Science suggests that simply thinking in a foreign language helps people make quicker and better life decisions. Furthermore, a study by the College Entrance Examination Board reports a direct correlation between foreign language study and high SAT scores. People who speak a foreign language often enjoy better career prospects and higher standards of living. And there are even health benefits — recent research from the University of Chicago suggests that a second language also helps prevent dementia later in life.
So, let’s do better by our kids, shall we? When it comes to the question of: Should your child learn a second language?
The answer should be a resounding oui, si, YES!
According to globalfriendslanguageschool.com, here are some of the most notable benefits:
- It gives them a broader world view: Learning foreign language helps children increase their sensitivity to and understanding of the language, values, customs, and traditions of others, fostering a sense of humanity, friendship, and diversity awareness.
- It gives their brain a boost: Research into the effects of bilingualism on children suggests that exposure to more than one language is an excellent way of flexing brain muscles and building them up. Studies have shown that bilingual children have a significantly larger density of grey matter in their brains. Grey matter is responsible for memory, speech, sensory perception, emotions, decision-making, and self-control.
- It improves their literacy skills: Bilingual children have better awareness of language, which gives them an advantage in learning to read.
- It helps them to learn math: Language learning has been linked to increased mental flexibility and problem solving ability, leading to enhanced math skills.
- Bilingual children have enhanced attention skills and are better at multitasking: Bilinguals have stronger control over their attention and are better able to limit distractions. They can switch from one task to another more quickly and show more cognitive flexibility, making it easier to adapt to unexpected circumstances.
Which second language should my child learn?
Some parents choose to teach their children a “heritage language,” i.e. one that runs in the family. Spanish is quite a popular choice and rather safe bet in terms of thinking about about a child’s future career. Also, we live in South Florida.
Local company, Cender Scholars, has expert tutors who can guide children along the path to learning Spanish, Italian, Hebrew…even Mandarin! A foreign language tutor can serve as a solo teacher or as a compliment to your child’s current foreign language curriculum in school. Parents, keep in mind, the gift of a foreign language is an investment to last a lifetime for your child.
According to an article posted on languagestars.com, “Young children are uniquely suited to learning a second language. The developing brain is hard-wired to acquire language. Never again will it be this natural or this easy!”
While some parents worry that starting their toddler on a second language will interfere with developing English skills, the opposite is actually true. Children can differentiate between two languages within the first weeks of life. “Learning another language actually enhances a child’s overall verbal development,” says Roberta Michnick Golinkoff Ph.D., author of How Babies Talk.
When should I start teaching my child?
The experts at Cender Scholars say: THE SOONER THE BETTER! Believe it or not, a child is born with the ability to learn any language in the world. Exposing them to a second tongue in a real life setting is key. Children’s minds are like sponges, thirsty to soak up everything around them.
How should I get started?
Decide on a language and grab your smartphone! Cender Scholars has easy-to-book foreign language tutors available to Boca moms and beyond with a touch of a button, and they will come to YOU.
You can book right online via your phone (561-212-6926) or computer. It’s facile!
Best heard from one of Cender Scholar’s own tutors (French to be specific) Victoria Toste, “Learning another language doesn’t just expand your mind, it changes your life. Learning how others think, speak, and live changes our perspective on ourselves and the world, and in ways that are completely unexpected and unpredictably enriching.”
After all, los niños son nuestro futuro!
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