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Benefits of Learning a Second language at an Early Age

Benefits of Learning a Second language at an Early Age

Pre-schooling and nursery are the initial periods of learning and brain development. As it is known, the right time to nurture cognitive skills in children. Learning a new language, a second language, at this age would be a catalyst for enhancing their thought process. The learning experience would not only make them strong in that particular language but also would aid in overall development.

Advantage of Learning a Second Language at an Early Age

Parents may become confused about teaching the kid an additional language at such a tender age. Be assured that it would be of great benefit for your child.  

1. A Thorough Understanding That Will Remain With Them  

The kids are quick learners compared to adults. The brains of those below five years of age are undergoing rapid development. The things they learn at this age would be imprinted on their mind and would remain with them. Teachers would be able to educate them about the subtle attributes of the language. And make their fundamentals strong. It would enable them to become strong in the usage of the language.   

2. Help them Perform Better in Other Subjects As Well

The learning of an additional language will help the kids to perform in other subjects as well. Studies indicate that children with a second language have shown immense improvement in reading, writing, learning, and understanding.

3. Great Improvement in Reading Skills

Reading skills of the kids with education in the second language will be improved greatly. They would be able to read and comprehend concepts better than their mono-language friends. It would reduce the time required to understand a subject substantially. And would aid them in scoring exceptional grades during exams.

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4. Scores in Competitive Examinations

High grades in competitive examinations are necessary for obtaining admission to elite educational institutions. Comparative analysis on both types of students indicates a better performance by the students who have learned a second language in childhood.  The improvement in the thought process and grasping power might have led to this.

5. Enhanced Confidence Level

Kids love to try out new things and attend anything without a fear of failure. Learning a new language would be a simple process for them. Eventually, it would make them confident to go for anything without any apprehensions. Instilling this attitude from childhood would make them confident and a go-getter.  

6. Introduction to a New Culture

A new or foreign language means you are opening a new world to them. A region, place, people and culture that would have been alien to the kids. Knowing about people of a different culture, custom, festivals and ceremonies other than him or her would broaden the perspective of the child.

7. Speak as if a Native

Learning a second language or a foreign language as an adult is an entirely different process. The adult would find it difficult to imbibe the exclusivity of the language and proper native-like pronunciation. Even if he or she succeeds in that, it may appear artificial many a time. On the other hand, the kids would smoothly grab the nuances. They would speak as if they were a native speaker without much effort.

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8. Career Options

Earning a certificate in a foreign language and having multi-lingual skills would increase the value of the individual. The resume of the person would be placed above other candidates, when applied for many of the job roles. Learning a second language will undoubtedly improve the career opportunities. Furthermore, it can be helpful in applying for abroad education in the relevant countries.

9. Strengthened Word Power

Vocabulary is an issue, when one learns a language as an adult. The dearth of words can impact the conversation or lead to weak written communication.  The kid would have a strong vocabulary in the subject language by the time he or she becomes an adult. As he or she had begun the lessons at an early age and continued throughout. They would be even capable of producing literary contents if they have imaginative talent and a flair for writing.

10. Improves Brain Development

Research on childrens having bilingual skills shows improved brain development. It helps in flexing brain muscles and building them up. These kids have more “grey matter” density which is responsible for processing information, speech and sensory perception.

Give your child a head start with a second language at an early age. It would not burden them, rather would enrich their learning process, nourish their brain, and fortify their growth. At TIST we adopt an integrated approach which is a blend of International and Indian curriculum which maintains the right balance in reading, writing, understanding, comprehending, and applying skills.

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