Giving children the chance to learn another language at a young age will provide them with a lot of opportunities. This opportunity would come in forms of both cognitive development but also professional and academic. There have been many studies that have shown the positive effects of learning an additional language. Contrary to popular belief, teaching a child a new language will not confuse them or cause them to learn their primary language poorly.
For the child, learning the second language can lead to better verbal and all around cognitive development. A second language can help a child speak more clearly and thoughtfully in their language. It also gives them the ability and courage to attempt more languages and can help them pick them up with more ease.
A second language can help a child develop more advanced cognitive functions, such as multi-tasking and paying attention. There have been studies to show that the process of learning another language as a child, increase their memory capacity and could help reduce their risk of developing dementia when they get older.
At a young age, it is easier for someone to absorb a new language since their level of retention is more significant than when they get older. It also gives the child more time to learn and truly understand it. Spending the time to teach a younger child a new language will help them significantly as they grow older. It could open the door for better career opportunities and even better salaries due to being bilingual.
Finally, teaching children second languages helps them to learn about other cultures around them. Increasing cultural awareness is so vital for today’s society where children are growing up alongside so many different cultures. It can also help to increase their overall cultural sensitivity. For children who learn a language from their ancestry, it can be a great way to connect to their family heritage.
Encouraging children to learn a second language in elementary school or earlier can be very helpful for their overall academic experience. Being bilingual will help them with career opportunities and cognitive awareness. Teaching children a second language can be a great way to connect them to their heritage and help them be more aware of the cultures around them.