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15 Benefits of Knowing a Second Language

(From Birth to Adulthood)

By Anthony - May 31, 2019

When I think of the benefits of learning a new language I usually think of the mental and academic rewards that come with learning something like Spanish, Mandarin, etc. Maybe If I ponder a bit I'll remember that there are probably some multilingual benefits in the workplace too. 

But the truth is learning another language changes us in profound ways..... Read more

To master a language, start learning it early

The Economist

By Johnson - May 10, 2018

THOSE who want to learn a foreign language, or want their children to, often feel they are racing against the clock. People seem to get worse at languages as they age. Children often learn their first without any instruction, and can easily become multilingual with the right exposure. But the older people get, the harder it seems to be. Witness the rough edges on the grammar of many immigrants even after many years in their new countries.
 
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Is Language Immersion Right for My Child?

Education Week

By Heather Singmaster - March 28, 2016: https://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/global_learning/2016/03/is_language_immersion_right_for_my_child.html

My son is in kindergarten and spends half of his day learning in English and half in Chinese at one of the oldest Chinese immersion programs in the country. I didn't think twice about entering the lottery for admission—in fact, it's a large part of the reason I left New York City and moved across the country to Portland, Oregon, where 10 percent of public school students are enrolled in immersion programs.

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5 Reasons Why Your Child Should Attend a Language Immersion Preschool


From CARELULU.COM - April 20, 2015

So, you have decided to give your child the gift of languages. Congratulations, your child will thank you for it! As promised in our previous post about raising multilingual children, in this article we are going to dive deeper into language immersion preschool programs and the reasons why they are a great idea!

Let’s start with a quick rundown on what language immersion preschool programs are, exactly, and how they differ from traditional language classes. A traditional class means that one class (the language itself, e.g. Spanish) is taught in the foreign language. The other classes in the child care or preschool program are taught in English. The result is that a relatively small percentage of the child’s day is spent speaking Spanish.

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Bilingual Education Can Start Preschoolers on Path to Success

More parents turning to language immersion programs to provide toddlers with academic head-start or preserve native tongue

By Lisa Intrabartola - January 17, 2012

“Hola! Como esta?” shouts 4-year-old Jackson Morton as he bounds through the front door of Yellow Brick Road preschool in Highland Park on a recent Saturday morning.
 
It’s graduation day for Morton and his seven classmates.   

Six weeks ago few of them could speak or understand Spanish. Today, the preschoolers – ages 1 to 5 – can follow and participate in a lesson featuring a puppet show version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears performed entirely in Spanish. They also know their numbers, colors, fruits and vegetables and how to follow basic classroom directions – after only six hours of instruction.
 
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