The Benefits Of Learning A Second Language At An Early Age
Many schools offer their students the opportunity to learn a second language. After all, as the world becomes more connected, knowing another language such as French or Mandarin will help your child immensely once they enter the workforce. However, more and more parents are discovering the benefits to their little one learning another language at an early age.
Yes, it will be more work, but the extra effort will be worth it for your child in the long run. Here are three reasons why your little one would benefit from learning a second language at an early age.
It improves brain function
Studies have shown that, compared to those who only know one language, bilinguals are better at multitasking and attention-focussing. Scientists conducted brain scans that even showed bilinguals have more grey matter, which helps with decision-making.
What’s more, these benefits have been known to show themselves from an early age, with research showing that even babies of less than a year old, who are exposed to multiple languages, show increased executive brain function.
It’s easier to learn a new language as a child
They say that babies are sponges for information, and now it’s been proven! Researchers have shown that all humans have a “critical period” for learning a new language. After we hit puberty, our ability to learn a new language reduces.
Dr Patricia Kuhl at the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at the University of Washington has written that by the time they reach 8-12 months, many babies start to focus on their native language and lose their “ear” for other languages. However, if they are exposed to a second language from birth, then they keep this ability. This also means that once they’ve learned a second language, it will actually get easier to learn more languages as well!
It improves their test scores
Obviously, there’s more to life than tests and exams, but studies have shown that bilingual students perform better on standardised tests than those who only know one language.
In particular, learning a second language can also improve your child’s ability in their native language! It’s even been shown that kids who learn a second language start reading at an earlier age, and are better at spotting grammatical and spelling errors.
Here at Bliss Early Learning, we offer many opportunities for your child to learn new languages through our free language classes, games, songs, stories, activities and more. Get in touch with our team to find out more.