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Benefits of Learning a Second Language in Early Childhood Education

March 20, 2013:

Learning a second language at an early age has a positive effect. It leaves children with a more flexible stand and expands their intellect. Many schools across the United States have language immersion programs over the last twenty years. These schools have researched and analyzed the benefits that are involved with children more than one language in early life.

Children are able to learn more quickly at a young age. There mind is developing and it acts like a sponge; absorbing everything they see and hear. Therefore, it is not difficult for a child to adapt to another language while he/she is still in the initial phase of learning to speak. Many parents still believe that teaching a child more than one language at a time causes speech delays. This is however not the case. Over the years researches by different psychologists have shown that children who learn more than one language at a time are more likely to have a better ability to solving problems.

Children who are bilingual are also more likely to score much better on standardized tests. Studies have shown that children who have studied two languages simultaneously are able to score almost 150 extra on SATs compared their peers who speak one language only.

Bilingual children are also much better at reading. They develop the ability to apply the experiences and insights of language to another. These children are also much more confident than other children. They have a sense of achievement of being able to speak and understand more than one language.

Bilingual children have more efficient brains. The brain is like any other muscle. You have to exercises it just like the rest of your body. For the brain, there are different cognitive exercises. Bilinguals have the ability to apply these exercises without even realizing it. Children who learn two languages at an early age have more grey matter than children who don’t. For those who are not aware, the grey matter is a part of the brain that is responsible for processing information like sensory perception, speech and memory.

Children who are exposed to more than one language at an early stage have the ability to develop a native accent for both the languages. So if you speak in Spanish with your child at home while he speaks English at school, there is no doubt he will be fluent in both languages.