Why Should Kids Learn a Foreign Language?
Children’s language programs are rapidly gaining in popularity as parents realize that teaching a second language to their kids helps enhance their cognitive development, resulting in better grades and higher test scores later in life. Parents are also drawn to increasing their children’s cultural awareness to help them succeed in our multi-cultural society.
At Lango, we agree that kids in the U.S. are in severe need of quality language programs. But more important than the developmental edges that kids acquire when learning another language, is the simple value of exposure to other ways of communicating, understanding and ultimately living. The lessons other cultures can teach us is conveyed in their languages, and we believe that by introducing kids to new cultures we can help build a stronger future for our world.
Of course, learning a language is a lifelong endeavor. Learners who start early are most likely to gain benefits ranging from cross-functional cognitive development to accentfree pronunciation. And young learners who then stick with language acquisition throughout their lives through classes, interaction with native speakers at home and travel to other countries are sure to achieve fluency and to reap its many rewards.