Why Learn Language

Why learn a language?



Learn Mandarin | Learn Japanese | Learn Korean


SECOND LANGUAGE LEARNING: EVERYONE CAN BENEFIT
Kathleen M. Marcos, Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington D.C

The 1990s were a decade of renewed interest in language learning. As always, political and economic concerns played a major role in a nation's perception of the value of learning a second language.


BILINGUAL LEARNING ABROAD: TIPS TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR VACATION!
Andres Phippard, Kidlanguages.com

Travel to a non-English-speaking country provides a great opportunity to show children that a second language can be useful and fun. Travel can offer unique opportunities to circumvent one of the main obstacles to second-language learning: lack of necessity.


DOES INTRODUCING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE CONFUSE YOUR CHILD?

Excerpt from "Fostering Second Language Development in Young Children," Office of Educational Research and Improvement, USA

Many parents are afraid that exposing children to two languages at the same time will negatively affect their development. Experts, however, say that a little confusion is perfectly normal and can be a very important part of the learning process.


HOW BILINGUAL ABILITY PUTS KIDS ON THE FAST-TRACK TO READING
"Effects of Bilingualism and Biliteracy on Children's Emerging concepts of Print", Journal of Developmental Psychology 33(3)

Study finds bilingual children understand written languages sooner than monolingual counterparts.