Trust us; there are a lot of reasons that every child should start learning a second language right now.
But if you don’t believe us, and you don’t want to read one of the many articles below that use real data and evidence to prove these claims, we’ll keep it short. Basically, when a child learns a second world language at an early age, their brain naturally soaks up a ton of benefits.
Studies show bilingual children gain the following skills, among many more:
- improved test scores in both reading and math
- better problem-solving skills
- enhanced memory skills
- appreciation and curiosity for other cultures
In her fascinating TED Talk, Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn new sounds and languages. Unsurprisingly, the older they get, the more difficult it is for them to distinguish between sounds that are not native to their mother tongue. The time between birth and puberty is what Kuhl calls the “critical period” for language learning. Her lab experiments and brain scans show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world.
Why would anyone not want to give their child these gifts? There’s good news, though! Language Adventures is here to help. Contact us now to get more information about getting your child into one of our Spanish classes!
Check out these links to dive deep into the research supporting early childhood world language learning:
Catherine Porter – English is Not Enough
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages – What the Research Shows
Janice Hostler Stewart – Foreign Language Study in Elementary Schools: Benefits and Implications for Achievement in Reading and Math