There are innumerable ways that learning a foreign language can benefit your child. Although it may seem difficult for them to understand another way of speaking, it’s never too early to introduce them to one. In fact, becoming bilingual is easier the younger that you start. We’ve rounded up just a few of the beneficial ways that speaking more than one language will positively impact your little one.
1. Brain Development
Research shows that “children who learn another language by the age of five use the same part of the brain to acquire that second language that they use for their mother tongue.” A young child’s growing brain is the perfect environment for another language to flourish. Because they’re still learning their first language, they’re unencumbered by years of being “stuck” thinking and speaking in only that one language. In addition, being bilingual improves various skills such as critical-thinking, problem-solving, memory, and concentration. All of these concepts will greatly assist your child throughout their entire learning journey, as well as their life overall.
2. Increased Awareness of and Appreciation for Other Cultures
It’s essential to educate children about different cultures, languages, people, and values from a young age. It’s imperative to broaden their view of the world around them so we can strive towards a more welcoming community and planet. Becoming familiar with another culture’s and people group’s language is a great way to gradually become acquainted with their customs, food, way of life, etc. Every language tells an interesting and unique story about the people who speak it, so being able to speak a foreign language is the perfect entry into discovering more about those who are different from us!
3. Improved Achievement
Children who can speak more than one language often perform better in all school subjects. “Compared to those without an additional language, bilingual children have improved reading, writing, and math skills, and they generally score higher on standardized tests.” Learning foreign languages makes your child think critically and problem-solve in more ways than they usually would. By mastering secondary language skills, it will also likely increase your child’s confidence when it comes to their academic performance.
If you’re looking for a way to introduce your child to learning new languages, our Foreign Language Program is a great and easy place to start! Offering in classes in Mandarin, Spanish, Korean, French, and Vietnamese, in addition to some exciting new ones, these classes are taught by our engaging BümoTeachers! With two 30-minute classes per week and 20+ assignments and projects every month, your little one will become bilingual with ease!