In our last post, we shared how learning a second language gives students:
- Enhanced problem-solving skills
- Improved verbal and spatial abilities
- Improved memory function
- Enhanced creative thinking capacity
We’re happy to share that the benefits don’t end there!
Speaking other languages creates opportunities
Learning a second language opens doors for travel, both personally and for business. Your child will be more comfortable and have an advantage traveling to non-English speaking countries if they’re familiar with more than one language.
Being bilingual helps you multitask
Dual language learners can switch between tasks more quickly than monolingual students. The ability to multi-task will be important for students as they move from topic to topic in classes and project to project in college and in their careers.
Knowing other languages enhances your worldview
Learning a second language also opens a person up to new concepts, cultures and different ways of thought, which can lead to inspiration and creativity. A second language opens up a new way to view the world and new ways to communicate — there may even be new words learned for which there is no direct English translation.
Speaking other languages helps you better understand your native one
As your child learns a new language, they’ll call upon similarities between the language and their native one. Recalling and better understanding the basics and grammar of their language can help them as they navigate the rules of a new one.
Research shows that students who study two languages have stronger self-esteem
Learning a valuable skill like a second language boosts a student’s confidence and provides a strong foundation for trusting in their academic abilities.