In the book, Critical Issues in Early Second Language Learning: Building for Our Children’s Future Myriam Met collected a series of essays and studies on foreign language study in early childhood (abstract).
In sum, the essays assert that learning a second language at an early age…
- Has a positive effect on intellectual growth.
- Enriches and enhances a child’s mental development.
- Leaves students with more flexibility in thinking, greater sensitivity to language, and a better ear for listening.
- Improves a child’s understanding of his or her native language.
- Gives a child the ability to communicate with people he or she would otherwise not have had the chance to know.
- Opens the door to other cultures and helps the child understand and appreciate people from other countries.
- Gives the child a head start in language requirements for college.
- Increases job opportunities in many careers in which knowing another language is a real asset.
An interesting point that is made in the book is that Read the rest of this entry »