Benefits of Learning a Second Language
1. It’s a known fact that the formative years of a child are vital for development. From birth to six years of age, neurological connections are firing away in a child’s brain. Whether it’s reading, writing, songs, arithmetic, or languages, children will pick it up. During this time, language acquisition is the easiest. Kids can learn up to four or five languages easily during this period of development.
2. Children are exposed to different cultures with language immersion. They learn to build empathy and tolerance for others. Children become global citizens by being able to experience other societies and cultures more meaningfully.
3. Gives them skills to better compete in the global marketplace. Proficiency in a second language opens up employment possibilities. Many high-level, high-paying jobs demand competence in more than one language. In the United States, multilingual individuals are becoming increasingly important to the healthcare, law enforcement, and national security industries.
4. Language immersion helps children develop a higher IQ. Research has shown that fully proficient bilingual individuals outperform monolinguals in problem solving, pattern recognition, and divergent thinking. Increased sensitivity to verbal as well as non-verbal cues has also been observed.
5. Foreign language skills contribute to higher test scores. Partial bilingualism in a second language may or may not lead to cognitive benefits, while mastery of two or more languages will exhibit positive cognitive results.