Benefits of Second Language Acquisition in the Early Years / Early Childhood
"Exposing your Child to a new world of words boosts her brainpower, vocabulary and self-esteem"
Lynne S. Dumas
Research carried out during the last few years has shown that learning a second language enhances children’s overall mental development. This results in increased language skills, higher self-esteem, thinking and reasoning skills, maths ability, earlier reading a better cultural understanding.
Maths: a second language increases the ability to solve complex problems (partial evidence as research is underway).
English: a second language increases the vocabulary available to a child. This results in both languages reinforcing each other, giving the bilingual child an edge over their mono-linguistic contemporaries. Children can learn much about English by learning structures and words in other languages.
Reading: there is evidence that the double exposure to language has resulted in children reading (Gail Rosenblum).
Personality: Improved self-esteem is one more by product of early second language instruction. Young children feel good about having this new competence. Also, because of the extra stimulation, young bilingual children find it much easier to learn other subjects as the foundation for learning is there.
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