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According to experts, today’s children need to learn more than ABCs and 123s to thrive as future leaders – they should also learn a foreign language.  Learning languages helps increase listening ability, memory, creativity and critical thinking – all of which are thinking processes that increase learning in general.

Parents are becoming more aware of the value of early language to the cognitive development of the child.  In an effort to instill these skills in their children, more parents are seeking out foreign language classes that begin even before their children are of school age.

A child’s brain can distinguish many more different spoken sounds than are present in their native language. As our language skills develop, we start recognizing only the sounds that are typical for our language. Young children are still capable of learning new languages easily and without an accent, and that leads to better listening skills and a sharper memory and retention.

The key advantage to learning languages early results from a child’s natural sense of curiosity.  It motivates them to learn a new language without any effort, by exploring, just like they do in their first language.  Experts also believe that starting early to learn a second language will make it much easier to later learn a third or even fourth language, since the child is able to understand how the functions and structures of a language are organized in general.

Are there other benefits to learning a language?

New research has also shown that learning a language may subtly change, and possibly improve, the way we think. Professor Vivian Cook of Newcastle University has spent several years investigating the benefits of knowing two languages.  In addition to developing thinking skills, foreign language study exposes children to other ways of looking at the world, she says.

There is also evidence that:

    • Students who have had several years of foreign language do better on exams, particularly the verbal sections.
    • Language learning enhances mathematical skill development, particularly in the area of problem solving.
    • Learning another language can enhance knowledge of English structure and vocabulary since the child gains better understanding of how language itself works.
    • Language learning contributes to the development of creative thinking skills such as applies to social studies.

Learning a second language also influences:

  • Literacy, Poetry & Pre-reading Skills
  • Name Recognition & Writing
  • Colors & Shapes
  • Calendar & Weather
  • Alphabet Recognition & Writing
  • Numbers & Counting
  • History, Geography & Holidays
  • Socialization & Class Behavior
  • Performance skills

Learning languages should be fun. When presented in an interesting, fun and attractive way, it is an enjoyable learning activity.  And because a child’s first learning successes are often achieved without struggle, this builds your child’s self-confidence and their desire to learn continues.