ENGLISH FROM INFANCY

why english from infancy

 

ENGLISH FROM INFANCY

 

 

Bilingualism helps the intellectual development and other personal and social aspects of the child’s life in a very positive way.

 

The learning of a second language from birth is like a gymnasium for the brain that produces improvements in the cognitive capacity, attention, and memory. To achieve a native level of language it is necessary for the child to receive stimulus from the foreign language about 20% of the time that they are awake. This small but consistent input is ultimately effective in producing the desired result.

 

 

In the words of the distinguished Canadian psychologist Ellen Bialystok:

“To be bilingual is a form of active brain maintenance; it is a part of the cognitive reserve approach for mental fitness so that when one begins to train the brain in learning another language, their brain is better suited to help them.”

 

 

Even if the child only speaks the second language in their first years of life, it will help their brain circuitry to be programmed in a way that it is easier for them to learn new languages in the future. The child should not be forced to speak. The most important element is that the child listens and begins to familiarize him or herself with the language.

 

From a cognitive point of view, children exposed to various languages are also more creative, have more agility in the resolution of problems, and they perform better. There is evidence that children become more capable of managing various tasks at the same time as they learn to think in two languages and discard irrelevant information. The advantages of bilingualism are maintained as they delay up to five years the appearance of dementias such as Alzheimer’s.

 

Knowing more than one language opens many doors and has other secondary effects, such as putting the children in contact with other cultures, enriching their education, and increasing their options for work in the future.

 

 

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