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Teach a Child a Foreign Language – Even if You Don’t Speak It!

Educators of young children and parents who homeschool their children have often been reluctant to include foreign language instruction in their curriculum if they don’t fluently speak the language themselves. Even if the educator or parent is quite knowledgeable of the language, they may still feel ill-equipped to teach the information to a child in a way that is understandable.

Traditionally, adults learning a foreign language are taught using complicated translation methods that require a solid understanding of proper English for the purpose of comparison. This is often the method that traditional online flash cards employ as well.  This, of course, would not be appropriate for a child learning a new language. As a side note, adults desiring to learn additional languages will also benefit from much simpler method of learning than what has historically been used. Read more

Enhance Quality Of Life with a Second Language

In the past several years, research has proven that children who are introduced to additional languages early in their development will have better cognitive, memory, and listening skills. Further studies indicate a direct correlation between foreign language knowledge and high SAT scores.  There is also research indicating that speaking one or more foreign languages can boost career options, contribute to a higher standard of living, and even help prevent dementia later in life. Read more

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Top 5 Reasons Why Children Benefit From Learning a Foreign Language

Recent studies have shown that learning a second language while still young can prove to be a great investment in a person’s life. Here are just 5 of the benefits that knowing multiple languages can bring:

  1. Knowing a foreign language boosts a child’s reading and comprehension skills
    Every parent and educator knows the importance of a child having good reading skills. Having this solid foundation makes learning every subject much easier for a student. Foreign language study utilizes different learning centers of the brain and therefore increases a child’s ability to comprehend and process more and different information.
  2. Learning a foreign language increases attention span
    Because the brain is processing multiple words and meanings across different languages, the student develops the capability of paying closer attention to distinguish the ideas and conversation. Focusing closer on these details then becomes useful in many areas of the student’s life.
  3. Knowing a foreign language can lead to better listening skills
    Again, because the brain wants more information to comprehend conversation details across multiple languages, the student will listen closer to the distinctions in words and meaning. By default, this becomes a handy skill in all other areas of life and learning.
  4. Knowledge of a foreign language can help keep dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay later in life
    Studies show that adults who speak two or more languages are less likely to see symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s later in life and those that do develop symptoms, develop them later in life.
  5. Understanding other languages can improve English skills
    Knowing multiple languages helps the student become aware of how each language formulates sentences, uses grammar, and distinguishes meaning. This helps increase the student’s awareness and use of the English language verbally and when writing.

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