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“Introducing your child to a second language is easier than you think. And, in our world gone global, it’s a supersmart move.”
Parents Magazine, April 2009
Everyone speaks English, right? Well, not exactly. It turns out that 20% of Americans do not speak English and only 5.6% of the world’s population speaks English as a primary language. As if that’s not a compelling enough reason for your child to learn a foreign language, it also helps improve their English vocabulary, understanding, speech, reading, and overall language proficiency.
With less than 25% of kids being exposed to a second language, your child will have an advantage in our world gone global as well as their very own home and classroom.
Today’s world is very interconnected. Across the globe and within our very own playgrounds, different cultures and languages co-exist. Whether it’s today’s local playground or the global marketplace later in life, it is more important than ever to be proficient in other languages. Beyond the fun of learning, a second language will provide the ultimate developmental and competitive edge for your child.
Additionally, learning a second language is good for the brain! Studies have found that children who study another language score higher on standardized tests in math, verbal skills, social studies, and SATs. It also boosts creativity, self-esteem, listening skills and better vocabulary in a child’s native tongue.
Around the age of 10, children go through a developmental stage where they tend to accept or prefer what is familiar. By making language and culture a part of your child's life from a young age, your child is more likely to understand and embrace cultural differences. Early foreign language learning experiences also generate greater comfort and ability to interact with people from other cultures. It will also make it easier for them to learn a language through a traditional academic route come Middle and High School.
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