We know there are some myths out there that learning a second language can be confusing for children. Let’s dive into some of these myths and get to the facts.
Myth: Learning a second language can confuse young students.
Fact: As students learn a second language, they may mix up some grammar rules or words, but this is an expected part of the process of learning two languages. With time, it will be easier for the student to distinguish rules and vocabulary.
Myth: Bilingual children can struggle academically when they reach school age.
Fact: Bilingual students have the advantage of improved attention and multi-tasking abilities, according to research. For younger children, an immersion program in the language they are less familiar with may be the best school environment for them to learn. In immersion programs, both languages are supported so neither is negatively affected. For older students, they’ll be better suited for learning a second language in a class that speaks primarily in their first language.
Myth: A child must learn a second language at a very young age to become fluent.
Fact: Learning a second language comes more naturally for younger children as they learn to speak, write, and read, but an individual at any age can successfully learn a new language.
Myth: The only way for children to thrive learning a second language is if a parent speaks it fluently, too.
Fact: Immersion and language programs are designed to teach students a second language they would otherwise not learn. Parents do not have to be fluent in the second language for a student to have success learning how to speak, write, and read in that language.
Myth: Students must be fluent equally in both languages to be considered bilingual.
Fact: It is completely normal for bilingual speakers to have a dominant language. Being more fluent in one than the other does not change the fact that they are fluent in two.
In general, students who learn a second language will have some fantastic advantages as they move forward in their schooling and eventual careers. Bilingual skills are growing in need as industries become more global. Give your child a head start with Global Language Academies of Downey.
In our immersion programs, students continue to develop their first language, while learning a second. Our students learn new vocabulary and grammar rules for both languages. Learning these skills at a young age can be key when students are more receptive to language development.
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