With the fast paced world, multilingualism has become more of a need than just a hobby. The term multilingualism is derived from two Latin words namely “multi” which means many and “lingua” which means language. Thus multilingualism is referred to as the ability of a speaker to express himself or herself in several languages with equal and native-like proficiency.
It's astonishing to see how the children learn to converse and pick up the languages without any proper guidance at an early age. They not only learn about the grammar and dialects, they tend to develop an understanding of the culture and etiquettes of the language.
"Before elementary school age, children usually can learn a second, third or even fourth language without much formal instruction" says Xiao-lei Wang, acting dean at the School of Education, at Pace University, in New York City, and author of a book, “Growing Up With Three Languages.” We are here to discuss why your child needs to learn more than one language and how will it be helpful for him/her?
Why Should Your Child learn more than One language?
Since birth, all children are exposed to at least two languages: their mother tongue and English majority of the time or the local language that’s spoken in their city. But it's essential that they are also shown an insight into newer languages that are spoken in the world. It’s never too early to begin learning a language. It’s fun, it promotes healthy development, and the many cognitive and social benefits that will last a lifetime.
Some of the most Prominent Benefits are:
It's always good to be a step ahead
Children are observed to pick up new languages at a faster rate before the age of 5 with the right environment. In addition they do not fear making mistakes and therefore get more confident.
Practice makes one Perfect
With an early start, a child gets to devote a prolonged period of time to learning new languages which in turn help him or her to become the best at it over time.
Feed Their Brains
Research shows that learning a second language boosts problem- solving, critical-thinking, listening skills, in addition to improving memory, concentration, and the ability to multitask. Children who are proficient in other languages also show signs of enhanced creativity and mental flexibility.
The cognitive benefits of learning a language have a direct impact on a child’s academic achievement. Compared to those without an additional language, bilingual children have improved creativity and math skills, and they generally score higher on standardized tests.
Cultural Curiosity and Sensitivity
Children who are exposed early to other languages display more positive attitudes to the cultures associated with those languages. The experience of learning an additional language introduces them to the world in ways they might otherwise have not experienced.
Why not go for two languages all together?
Contrary to popular belief, young children are not confused by the introduction of multiple languages at the same time. Not only do they naturally navigate multilingual environments, but acquiring a second language early in life primes fires up the brain to learn multiple other
languages, opening a world of opportunities for later on.
So here we are to help you travel this beautiful journey with Kinderhaus India.
Come join us in the journey to learn the beats of the Alouette together and then swing by into the virtual Tomatina festival by getting into an environment of understanding the cultures and traditions of France and Spain. With specially curated after school programs based on the age group, we look forward to having you as a part of our family to work together on reading, speaking and learning these exciting languages.
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