There are many cognitive benefits of learning a second language and children in the early years seem to be very receptive to learning a second language. Languages are a very important part of developing the brain and the earlier children are encouraged to learn a language the more beneficial. We will be introducing language options as an extra bonus from September 2022, where children will be encouraged to try and new language and just have a go. The emphasis will be on fun and enjoyment.
While some parents may be concerned that introducing their child to a second language will interfere with developing English skills, the opposite is actually true and children can differentiate between two languages from a very early age, which according to Roberta Michnick Golinkoff Ph.D., author of How Babies talk, it can enhance a child’s overall verbal development.
Research shows a number of additional cognitive benefits to learning a second language and those who learn a foreign language show higher cognitive performance in overall basic skills as they progress in education. Children who learn another language at a young age also show better problem-solving skills, enhanced spatial awareness, and heightened creativity. Learning another language early in childhood encourages flexible thinking and communication skills, helping children consider issues from more than one perspective.