Why It’s Better to Learn New Languages at Primary Level

Learning a new language can be quite beneficial and can open a whole world of possibilities while expanding your future career prospects. It is never too early to start learning a second language as it can have various cognitive and social benefits that last for your entire lifetime.

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However, research shows that the earlier you start learning a new language the better your chances are to become proficient in it. According to a popular theory mentioned in the ‘Critical Period Hypothesis, Children are born with innate language learning faculties that atrophy as they grow older. Which means that adolescents and children are fast learners in all measures of language proficiency compared to adults.

Here are some of the main reasons why it’s better to learn a new language young rather than when you’re older:

Faster And Easier Learning

Children’s brains are like sponges when you study them on a biological level. They retain a surprising amount of information and absorb new information without even trying. If you have ever noticed your child copying your every move, you know what we are talking about. This ability allows them to learn new languages faster and more easily compared to adults. They are also able to retain what they learned for longer compared to an average adult.

Boosts Children’s Academic Achievements

There have been extensive studies showing the impact of learning new languages on the cognitive abilities of a child. Bilingual children are better at problem solving, creative thinking, and decision making. As a result, they enjoy better academic achievements and score better on standardized tests compared to children who only know one language. This sets them up for success in their future professional lives.

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The Advantage Of Time

Time is another one of the many benefits of learning a new language at an early age. Children have more time on their hands and less responsibilities which allows them to focus on learning and retaining new information. They can start with smaller tasks and work their way up to both higher levels of communication and thought at the same time without having to worry about keeping up with their other work or extensive academic tasks.

About Ideal School

Ideal School is a premier online bilingual elementary school that offers quality primary education for young children in both North and South America. Our staff includes teachers from various countries and are proficient in English and Spanish.

Find out more about our  virtual learning classes for kindergarten, professional online language classes, and other aspects of our fully bilingual online private school by checking out the Ideal School website here.

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