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Why Should Your Child a Language?

20/02/2018

'A mulititude of research shows that learning a new language offers many rewards.'  Dr Michiko Weinmann and Dr Ruth Arber (Deakin University)

Focus more, earn more, remember more: Research reveals perks of second language learning.

After combing through dozens of research articles, the research team lists more than 30 key points.  Here are just a few:

Cognitive impact

  • Bilinguals outperform monolinguals on many cognitive tasks including problem solving, multitasking, remembering longer lists of information and switching between tasks.

Academic impact

  • Second language learners often show enhanced spelling ability as well as superior reading comprehension when they are compared to their monolingual peers.

Economic impact

  • Employees who speak a second language often earn more than monolinguals.

Societal impact

  • Second language learners demonstrate enhanced empath, awareness of diversity, tolerance of difference and a greater sense of social justice.

Personal impact

  • Knowing a second language can act as a source of pride and self-esteem.

 

Extract of an article by Laurel Gregory, Reporter Global News, published 11 April 2017.