I recently found a great article about the impact of a second language education on a student’s intellectual development. The article entitled, “Impact of Second language Education on Intellectual Development, Student Achievement, Socialization and Economic Potential of Student and Province” states that there are 5 areas where a second language education has brought a significant change. These areas are: 1) Intellectual pontential, 2) Scholastic Achievement, 3) The student’s first language, 4) Citizenship, and 5) Economic potential.
Not surprisingly, children who begin learning a second language at a young age develop better reading comprehension skills, problem solving skills, and social abilities. In addition, the second language enhances the child’s native language and could also contribute to a “multilingual capability.”
I’ve also learned through my own experience that learning a second language (or multiple languages) decreases chances of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s later in life. A few years ago I worked as a Senior Caregiver for a company in South Carolina. One of my clients at age 93 had a comparably sharper mind and wit than her peers–a blessing her daughter contributed to her mother’s knowledge of 5 different languages.
The lesson of these stories teach is that it’s important for you to learn a second language–if you start young it will keep your mind younger longer AND if you haven’t started yet, it isn’t too late! Make learning a second language part of your New Year’s Resolution!
Remember with S.T.A.T. Project your first lesson is always free!
Happy New Year!