Homework Help

What are the advantages of teaching a young child a second language.

user profile pic

lt1017 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted July 18, 2013 at 6:39 PM via web

dislike 2 like

What are the advantages of teaching a young child a second language.

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 18, 2013 at 7:20 PM (Answer #1)

dislike 1 like

There are multiple advantages to learning a second language as a young child. Learning a second language young, it is easier to learn a third, fourth, or even fifth language. The younger a child learns a language the more natural sounding the language is for the child. Some research shows that people who know a second (or more) language tends to be better test takers. Not only that, multi-lingual speakers are necessary for some very specific jobs.

One final thing about learning a second language young is the child's ability to grasp a new language easier. Young children's brains act as sponges.  They seek knowledge. Young children do not have to find time to work at learning a new language (given the way they learn is very different than the ways older children and adults learn). This said, they also acquire a greater vocabulary, understand and recognize word origin, and (tend to) have a better appreciation for other cultures.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes