The benefits of why your child should learn a second language are fairly well-known. Bilingual employees are often paid more than employees who only know one language. People who know another language often have more chances for growth at their jobs as well.
Why Should Your Child Learn a Second Language?
Aside from getting paid more and better career opportunities for adults, learning additional languages can benefit your child in many ways. Here are some of those ways.
Increased Brain and Thought Development
Research has found that children who know another language tend to learn skills in other subjects easier.
Learning multiple languages will stimulate your child’s curiosity. Your child’s curiosity often makes them more interested in learning new ideas in other areas as well. In addition, your curious children tend to ask more questions about the world around them. This will open more ways for them to learn other things.
In addition to more educational benefits provided by language learning, your children benefit mentally as well. The boost in confidence for your children from learning a language can inspire confidence in other areas.
Increased Social Skills
A child who learns another language is often found to have more empathy for other cultures around the. More empathy makes them more accepting of other cultures when they experience them. This growth of character will stay with your child throughout their life.
Increased Ability to Function in a Global Society
With today’s focus on a global economy, it is more crucial than ever that your child develops the ability to speak with people from other cultures.
When Should Your Child Learn a Second Language?
It is ideal for children to begin learning languages from birth, or as soon as possible. The reality is that your child may not be exposed to a second language until elementary school or sometimes as late as high school. However, not all is lost. People can learn a language at any age. The beginning of the elementary school years is a prime time for children to learn a language and also retain it for future use.
It is much easier if your child had been immersed in a second language since birth. But with consistent exposure, your child can pick up a second language between six and eleven and become fluent without an accent. As your child progresses into their teen and young adult years, it is more difficult to learn and nearly impossible to speak without an accent.
Learn More About Our World Language Program
For these and other reasons, we at Tucson International Academy believe strongly in instituting bilingualism from the beginning of a child’s school experience. Our world language program features immersive Chinese for all age groups as well as a Spanish language learning program. Above all, we strive to provide your child with what is an increasingly in-demand skill in today’s global society.