The Best Time to Learn a Language
Recent scientific studies suggest that children have a deeper ability to acquire and develop language skills than adults. There is a critical period in human development, when children are able to pick up new words and sounds in an almost effortless manner, irrespective of their primary language. Scientists believe that before the age of 10 is the best time to start learning a language, and that as people progress to adulthood it becomes increasingly difficult to absorb words in this manner.
Scientists also believe that learning a language enhances children’s cognitive development. This means that children who learn Spanish are likely to develop better critical thinking skills, as well as have more flexible and creative minds. Learning Spanish could have a positive impact on your child’s performance in all subjects at school.
Enhanced Learning Abilities
Studying foreign languages has been shown to have a positive effect on mental development, particularly in young people, and an enhanced overall intellectual growth. The Association of Departments of Foreign Languages states that studying other languages at a young age can improve math and critical thinking skills as well as strengthen the use and understanding of a child’s native tongue. Research even shows that students who continuously take foreign language courses score higher on standardized tests, like the SAT and ACT, with each additional year of study.
Exposure to Other Cultures
Studying a foreign language early in life exposes children to other cultures–with different values, language patterns and ways of expressing themselves–in a way they never would have experienced had they not taken up the subject.
Learning a foreign language at a young age gives students an advantage in becoming successful in their chosen careers later in life. Mastering a foreign language will also increase a candidate’s chances in landing a desired job because she will be able to communicate with more people from other areas of the world, and corporations view this skill as a real asset.
Year 1 and Year 2 Spanish introduce basic vocabulary and simple grammar on subjects children relate to.
Years 3, 4, and 5 review earlier vocabulary and introduce new vocabulary and higher level grammar, with special focus on verbs and conjugation. Vocabulary and grammar from previous lessons are carefully spiraled-in to each lesson.