Comprehensive early childhood education programs should ideally include an introduction to world languages. Youngsters who begin studying other languages early in life and continue to work toward bilingualism at their college preparatory school can enjoy a wealth of benefits, including the ability to converse with a broader range of people. Here’s a look at some of the benefits of language instruction at private schools:
The advantages of bilingualism extend well beyond a child’s college preparatory years. Many colleges require at least two years of study in a foreign language for admission. Graduate school programs also tend to require a demonstration of proficiency in at least one foreign language. Enrolling your child in a private school that emphasizes world language instruction will help her further her academic achievements.
The competitiveness of today’s job market could very well persist for quite a long time. By learning another language, your child will have an edge over other candidates for his or her preferred position. Some companies, particularly those that conduct business internationally, require employees to speak multiple languages.
The brain is capable of developing new synapses in response to stimuli via a process called neuroplasticity. Research has shown that learning another language improves cognitive function. Those who are bilingual demonstrate a greater development of the brain’s executive function, which is critical for problem solving, planning, remembering information, and staying focused. They also tend to achieve higher grades and test scores. Children who begin learning a world language in an early childhood education program will reap the benefits throughout their academic careers.
Bilingualism also presents clear advantages for those who travel internationally. In addition to the ability to converse more readily with those from other cultures, children who are bilingual may develop a greater grasp of the cultures themselves.
At The Benjamin School, we are proud to offer world languages to all of our students, beginning with our 3 year-old students and continuing through Advanced Placement courses. Students can study French, Spanish, or Mandarin Chinese. Call us at 561.693.4604 to learn more about our early childhood education program and college preparatory school.