In the hyperconnected world in which we live, no one doubts the enormous advantage of mastering other languages. Fortunately, new generations are lucky enough to study at least one foreign language in school. In fact, the importance of multilingualism is appreciated in greater depth among the little ones and it is precisely what we want to deepen.
What does science say?
Up to eight years, children have a great facility to learn languages since they are able to assimilate them intuitively almost effortlessly. From the eight, there is a change of stage in the psycho-evolutionary development and this way of learning is lost. From that moment on, it begins to look more like the way we adults have to internalize new knowledge, that is, with effort and perseverance.
Therefore, starting with the teaching of languages such as French in early childhood is an excellent option for the neuronal development of our children. Numerous studies show that learning two languages or more during childhood and adolescence greatly improves cognitive skills. This is because the brain is becoming more agile changing from one task to another, acquires a higher level of concentration in situations of high activity and enhances its memory. In short, a multilingual environment contributes to the development of intelligence.
The multilingual mind
- Multilingualism is associated with the development of very specific areas of the brain and improves cognitive skills such as attention and short-term memory.
- Higher writing and reading skills are enhanced: the child learns before reading between the lines and understanding the metalanguage and intonation of the messages.
- The mind becomes adaptable and allows us to see the world from different perspectives. The assimilation of changes and the ability to adapt is above average.
- Multilinguals filter, retrieve and retain information better. The development of language skills skyrockets.
Communication, culture and multilingualism
Enhancing the learning of a language from an early age means that, in all likelihood, the competence that the child acquires of this particular language will be very high and will also have an impact on the assimilation of others. That is, learning two or more languages during childhood is totally feasible.
Communication is at the base of learning other languages. People who acquire this ability develop communication skills very easily. Social adaptability develops faster and more efficiently, which, consequently, positively translates into increased self-esteem, assertiveness and self-confidence.
From the cultural point of view, there is some insight among students of various languages, since they have a greater facility to internalize foreign cultural aspects. They develop a greater interest for how the world is perceived from other parts of geography, for how history was in a certain place or for what literature is like in other countries. It can be said that we are training future travelers who, in addition, will not encounter linguistic or cultural obstacles if they decide to study or work outside their own borders in the future.
Reasons to study French
We are aware of the importance of multilingualism in the education of children. We think that one of the most important languages today is French and that mastering it is a very useful tool for the future.
French is also the official language of the European Union and other international organizations such as the IMF or UNESCO. But it is not only spoken in France: 68 states and governments declare themselves Francophone all over the world, with French being the official language in 33 countries.
But regardless of the curriculum and job opportunities, what we enjoy most is to bring our students closer to the language of Julio Verne, Victor Hugo or Balzac; discover a unique gastronomic world; bring them closer to the Truffaut, Rohmer or Resnair cinema; Let them know the history of France through painting and art.
We put at your fingertips a cultural universe that has much to offer and, at the same time, we train you for a constantly changing world by providing you with a resource of great value for the future: the French language.
French Alliance. June17, 2019.