Benefits of Learning a Second Language
A child’s formative years are vital for development. From birth to age six, neurological connections are taking place at lightening speed in a child’s brain. Whether through reading and writing, music, mathematics, or speech, young children absorb sensory information like eager sponges. During this fleeting period of nimble neuroplasticity, language acquisition comes quickly. Children can absorb up to four or five languages in tandem during this extraordinary period.
Language immersion exposes children to different cultures, sewing the seeds of empathy and tolerance and in turn, helping to sculpt global citizens better equipped to experience diverse societies and cultures more meaningfully.
This unique method of education gives young students invaluable skills to better compete in the global marketplace. Proficiency in a second language opens up employment possibilities. Many high-power careers demand competence in more than one language. In the United States, multilingual individuals are a highly sought-after asset in healthcare, law enforcement, and national security industries.
In addition, 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.
Foreign language skills have also been linked 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.