How Learning a New Language Boosts a Child’s Development
Learning a new language is great for everyone, but it is especially useful for boosting the development of a child. Up to the age of seven, children who learn a new language will be able to speak it with perfect grammar and without an accent.
Languages Develop Brains
Studies show that children who know more than one language receive better results on standardised tests. Why? Scientists say because their brain is able to recognise meaning and communicate in other languages, it improves how it operates in terms of problem-solving.
Switching from one activity to another isn’t easy, but studies show that multi-lingual people are better at it. This is because they have practice moving from one activity to another – after all, going from one system of writing, speaking and reading to another isn’t easy.
Studies also show that when children learn a new language, their understanding of English deepens and improves. When learning a new language, we look at grammar, sentence structure and other language skills. When children do this, they tend to apply it to their English as well, which improves it.
When a child learns a foreign language whilst young, it creates a base that makes learning more languages easier in the future.
When we learn a new language, we don’t learn it in isolation. We also learn about the culture and its customs. For children, this is vital. When they learn about a language and the culture surrounding it, their view of the world expands and their social skills develop.
It also boosts their empathy, which is a very important skill to have.
Studies show that children that know multiple languages have greater levels of creativity than those that know only one language, which is likely because learning languages encourages children to see things from different viewpoints, and to think out of the box.
If they need to solve a problem, studies show that bilingual children will approach it from a more creative outlook.
Learning a language is about more than just talking. You also have to be able to listen, which is why bilingual children are said to be better listeners than those with only one language under their sleeves. Through learning different languages, children gain the ability to distinguish different noises easier than monolingual children.
This also makes it easier for them to learn music, because they are already used to listening to different tones, pitches and words.
Studies show that when a child is learning another language, their confidence and self-esteem develops, because they feel that they are accomplishing something.
Their tolerance, resilience and persistence similarly increase, making them emotionally comfortable and secure.
Early Learning Schools
At Hamersley Early Learning School, we love and encourage multi-culturalism. For more information on the programs we offer, call us on (08) 6162 9119 or visit our contact page for other ways to get in touch.