15 Reasons Kids NEED to learn a Second Language (Part 2)
This is the second part of a three part series as to why your child should learn a secondary language! Catch Part 1 Here!
1. It Increases Test Scores
Research indicates kids who study a foreign language perform better on standardized tests such as the American College Test (ACT) and the SAT exam. Learning a new language activates parts of our brain that heighten our ability to problem solve and focus. As you grow your knowledge of language, your brain grows with you!
2.It Accelerates Reading Ability
Studies show children who are learning a second language actually begin to read earlier than children who only stick to one language. As reading exposes kids to more language, they become better at recognizing correct and incorrect uses of grammar, spelling, and diction. This can give them a competitive edge for school!
3. The Younger The Better
Children’s brains are like sponges. Exposing a child as young as 8 to 12 months to a foreign language will help them distinguish the differences between their native language and a secondary one. Katie Bernstein, an Early Language Learning Professor at Arizona State University, has this to say on the matter:
There are many benefits to learning language at a young age. Learning a language young, gives you more time to practice and perfect it. The amount of catch up is difficult as you get older. A 40 year old has 40 years of language to catch up on. Additionally, social expectations are much lower when we are younger and this proves to be beneficial when learning a language. Kids aren't expected to know "everything" in such a short period of time whereas adults often feel that pressure.
4. It Prolongs Aging Diseases
People who regularly utilize a second language show slower cognitive digression as they get older. Knowing a second language provides the potential to delay diseases such as Alzheimer's and Dementia by up to five years due to the advanced cognitive development of multi-linguists.
5. You're More Cultured
Our perspective of the world is shaped by the languages we use. A child who is multilingual is likely to view the world through more than one lens. Learning a second language teaches history and culture. An understanding of more than one language creates a more insightful child.
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