Monday, May 26, 2008

Benefits of Early Language Learning

Teachers of foreign languages would agree that there are many benefits of early language learning. Learning a language at an early age...
  • Has a positive effect on intellectual growth and enriches and enhances a child's mental development
  • Leaves students with more flexibility in thinking, greater sensitivity to language, and a better ear for listening
    Improves a child's understanding of his/her native language
  • Gives a child the ability to communicate with people s/he would otherwise not have the chance to know
  • Opens the door to other cultures and helps a child understand and appreciate people from other countries
  • Gives a student a head start in language requirements for college
  • Increases job opportunities in many careers where knowing another language is a real asset.
    (Center for Applied Linguistics)
With all these valid reasons, it's inexplicable why are some parents concerned with raising bilingual children. If you're not convinced, take a look at Why, How, and When Should My Child Learn a Second Language? brochure by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) (

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