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5 Benefits of Learning a Second Language as a Child

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It’s amazing how quickly kids learn to communicate. Within one year of life, most children have said their first word, and by age three they can speak in full sentences. This rapid pace of development is due in large part to kids’ immersion in a single language. In other words, they’re always surrounded by native speakers.

So, it makes sense that the best way for children to learn a second language is through an immersive environment, like that offered by language immersion academies.

Here are 5 smart reasons to enroll your child in a language immersion school.

1. Children learn new languages more easily

Children grow and learn at an extraordinary pace, and are often able to acquire new skills more easily than adults. This is due to a number of factors, including more time to devote to learning and a desire to fit in. A large number of studies suggest that there’s a “critical point” or age where our capacity for quickly picking up new languages diminishes, though there’s debate regarding the exact age this occurs.

2. Language immersion improve listening skills

Learning a second language requires children to pay close attention to verbal and non-verbal cues, helping them to develop better listening skills. Social strengths are invaluable not just for learning a new language, but also for virtually every other aspect of a child’s life.

3. Learning a second language opens up future career opportunities

It’s never too early to start preparing children for their futures. In college, fluency in another language can open up a wide variety of opportunities, including study abroad programs and advanced courses. Many companies are also expanding their efforts to reach international markets; so bilingual candidates will continue to stand out in pools of qualified applicants.

4. Language immersion exposes children to new cultures
In addition to facilitating communication, language is also a big part of culture. So when children are exposed to other languages, they’re also learning to celebrate cultural differences, traditions and ways of life. This is especially beneficial for modern kids, who are growing up in an increasingly diverse and global society.

5. Bilingual children often develop cognitive thinking skills

According to the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA), “there’s a well-established positive relationship between basic thinking skills and being a fully proficient bilingual.” Research shows that bilingual individuals consistently outperform their monolingual peers in skills, such as divergent thinking, pattern recognition and problem solving.

If you’re looking for a great language immersion program for your student, consider Global Village Academy in Colorado Springs.

In the last 10 years, Global Village Academies have grown from a single location with 220 students to 5 locations serving more than 3,200 students. The curriculum at Global Village Academies goes beyond core curriculum to prepare students the future. In addition to traditional classes, children learn a new language of their choice, such as Spanish, Mandarin Chinese or German, via immersive instruction. All immersion classes are taught by highly skilled, professional teachers from around to the world, thus providing a truly international experience.

If you’re interested in enrolling your child in an immersion school or would like to schedule a tour to learn more, visit www.gvaschools.org/coloradosprings.

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    5 Benefits of Learning a Second Language as a Child It’s amazing how quickly kids learn to communicate. Within one year of life, most children have said their first word, and by age three they can speak in full sentences. This rapid pace of development is due in large part to kids’ immersion in a single language. In other words, they’re always surrounded by native speakers. So, it makes sense that the best way for children to learn a second language is through a...

    5 Benefits of Learning a Second Language as a Child It’s amazing how quickly kids learn to communicate. Within one year of life, most children have said their first word, and by age three they can speak in full sentences. This rapid pace of development is due in large part to kids’ immersion in a single language. In other words, they’re always surrounded by native speakers. So, it makes sense that the best way for children to learn a second language is through a...

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