“What we learn with pleasure, we never forget.”
– Alfred Mercier –
Academic research has proven that children who learn a foreign language at the same time as learning their primary language can have a big advantage for their future.
The young brain can absorb languages like a sponge and with frequent repetition and exposure, they learn easily and without effort.
The ability to hear different phonetic pronunciations is sharpest before age 3, and we lose the capacity to hear and produce certain sounds if we aren’t exposed to them early on, according to François Thibaut, director of the Language Workshop for Children, in New York City.
The Bambini Lingo language programme also boasts a wide range of additional benefits, including improved Motor Skills, Coordination, Social skills and Confidence which are all boosted through our use of music, movement, crafting and play.
Bilingual speakers are proven to be better at planning, solving complex problems and dealing with other mentally demanding tasks. Bilingualism can also help to develop “out-the-box” thinking, which is necessary for creative problem solving and innovation.
Bilingual children are much more aware of the world around them and of it’s different cultures, societies, people and habits.
Not only does a second language give great cognitive and academic benefits, being exposed to different values and cultures gives a global mindfulness, and a greater sense of openness and appreciation.
Recent research shows that bilingualism is a form of brain training – a mental “work out” that fine-tunes the mind.
Speaking two languages profoundly affects the brain and newer studies suggests that their brain functions may stay sharper as they age, helping to decrease the effects of Alzheimer’s in adults.
Studies have shown that bilingual students frequently outperform and score higher in tests and exams than their monolingual counterparts. This leads them to having a greater advantage across many professions. In the workplace bilingual adults are promoted faster and can command higher salaries than those with only one language.
Learning a second language can also help a child learning to read. A study of the reading ability of four and five year old children found that bilingual children understood the general symbolic representation of print better than monolingual children.
Bilingual adults have been found to have denser grey matter (that’s the brain tissue packed with information processing nerve cells and fibres). It’s especially prominent in the brains left side, the side that controls most of the language and communication skills. The effects are strongest in those people who learned a a second language before the age of 5 and in those who are most proficient at their second language. This finding by the Society of Neuroscience in 2008 has suggested that being bilingual from an early age significantly alters the brain’s structure.
– Alfred Mercier –