Uncertain as to whether or not your students’ foreign language classes are helping or hurting? According to this article from the BBC, learning a second language can greatly increase brainpower and sharpen focus. US researchers from Northwestern University have determined that speaking two languages not only affects the brain but also alters the way in which the nervous system responds to sound.
The findings of this research demonstrate why both parents and educators should encourage students to participate in foreign language acquisition beyond just the minimum requirements. If you are not bilingual yourself, then the best place for a student to become bilingual is outside of the home. Luckily, there are many ways to immerse oneself in a new language and culture. You can enroll your child in a bilingual program, after school language classes, or online programs.
Some students decide that they want to study abroad, which brings a number of advantages. This website offers relevant and practical information. And with summer vacation just around the corner, you may want to consider a summer session study abroad program, many of which are offered to both kids and teens.
Ultimately, being bilingual allows students to converse in two languages and participate in cultures other than their own, skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.