Nowadays young people are travelling abroad to study and also tour the globe more than before. Teachers in schools and parent should teach children, teenagers and even young adults the importance of opening their mind to learning about and embracing other cultures, and the advantages it brings to one’s life. Most children that grow up learning a foreign language at a very tender age, gains a lot from this. Their brains are able to take in and accept this new language at an impressive rate. They are able to understand and speak the language perfectly, without any accent faster than adults. This foreign language will be the child second language, and you never can tell when it will be of great use to him or her.
It is generally believed that the younger the mind is, the easier it is to learn a second or new language. Learning this new language requires a lot of effort from both the child, the parent and language teacher. Before teaching your child a second language, it is important to know the importance of knowing the language, and what it offers to the child. Here are some of the advantages learning a second language have to offer to your child.
1-They can speak to more people
Speaking to others in their native language deepens the relationship you have with them. When your child learns a foreign language as a second language, he or she will have a lifetime to benefit from cross-cultural friendship, a deeper insights into how people see the world, a broader career opportunity.
Learning a second language opens doors that would never be opened unless you can speak the native language. Your child will gain access to people, resources, places and things that are not open to the rest of the world.
3-It boost the child test scores in core subjects
Research carried out have found that students who learn a second language perform better in test of English and Mathematics. If you want your child to improve in his or her test score, learning a new language may be a way of achieving this. Bilingual students have shown to have a better critical thinking skill, great mental flexibility and problem solving skills. A second language not only inhibit the child’s English language proficiency, it also improves it generally.
Exposing a child to a new language at a very tender age is much easier and also results in a better fluency than when it is learnt at a much older age. The child should be exposed to this language at an early stage around 3 years old. At this age, the child brain is ready to accept and learn a second language. At an older age, your child will be unable to hear and reproduce new sounds as they did when they were younger.
5-It grows the kids’ brain
Research shows that people who are bilingual are better at completing tasks that deals with multi-tasking than non-bilinguals. One of the best ways of having a smarter kid is by exposing them to a new language.