We love teaching parents about the many ways that language immersion and simultaneously learning two languages improves childhood development, carrying big benefits in the future. In a previous post, we discussed how learning a second language helps to improve linguistics, provide better cognition, increase achievement, and provides cultural enrichment. But the benefits don’t end there. Take a look at these three additional benefits that come from learning a second language in the crucial years for childhood development.
Learning a native language at the same time as a foreign language helps greatly improve your child’s memory skills. Because they have to recall new words and be able to retain a variety of information, children learn techniques that are applicable throughout their lives for memory. Two of the most common memory techniques children will learning without knowing what they are, are mnemonics and spaced repetition systems.
Improved Math Skills
According to The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, “children who study a foreign language, even when this second language study takes time away from the study of mathematics, outperform students who do not study a foreign language and have more mathematical instruction during the school day.” Do we need to say more?
Improved Creative Problem Solving
The most important skill that comes from learning a second language is the ability to solve problems in a creative fashion. When you aren’t sure of the words, you have to find another way to say the same thing. This is a way of discovering solutions through language that transfers into other areas in life.