British children have always fallen far behind their peers in Europe when it comes to learning a foreign language. Using a language when visiting a country always brings only positive emotions, as locals appreciate that you have taken the time to learn their language, even if it is only a few words and pleasantries to order food or pay a bill. When you think of how language can open up doors to new careers and experiences across the world, it is funny to think how languages still aren’t viewed as a vital component of every child’s learning.
If you are considering providing your child with an extra string to their bow, the earlier you can get them learning a language, the more likely they are going to be able to make it stick, and to use is in adulthood either professionally or socially. Children can soak up so much information and retain it for future use and even if your child is only just learning to talk English, adding another language into the mix won’t confuse them, in fact it is more likely to enrich their lives and increase their efficiency in a whole manner of other educational topics too!
Multi-Language Capabilities – It has been shown that children who have learned a foreign language are much more likely to perform to a high standard when it comes to exams in standardised subjects. Learning a language helps the brain to perform and increase its capacity for soaking up information and recollecting that information. If your child is able to soak up French alongside their English skills, they are much more likely to do well in Maths and the science classes as well. A love of learning is something not to be sniffed at, with children learning languages displaying a desire to learn overall.
Start Them Young – It is never too early to allow your children to learn a new language. As mentioned, a child’s brain is capable of soaking up so much new information and the younger they are the more likely they are to be able to pick up pronunciations and new sounds, in the same way that a child will mimic and pick up new words in their native tongue. From the age of three a child is often learning through play and song, with languages a great fit for this type of learning. It is just as easy for a child to learn a song in French at this stage in their development, as it is to read a story in English.
It does get harder to teach children a new language the older they become, but it isn’t impossible. At The Education Centre Liverpool we have a wide range of topics, including languages that your child can receive specialist private tuition for. Speak to our team today and we’ll be happy to set up an appointment.