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Research on Early Childhood
Foreign Language Exposure

ENTER TEXT FOR AN OVERALL SUMMARY OF HOW EARLY CHILDHOOD EXPOSURE TO FOREIGN LANGUAGE IS BENEFICIAL.

 

Studies in brain development indicate that early exposure to more than one language builds a more powerful brain by boosting synaptic connections.
                        
During the first critical learning period (before 12 months), "babies are listening intently to us." They learn language by "taking statistics" on the sounds they need to know. Research demonstrates that when babies are exposed to new languages through human interaction--talking, touching, reading, singing and movement--"something incredible happens.... Whatever you put in front of them, they will take statistics on."

 

There is a significant correlation between foreign language study and higher academic achievement, including higher scores on SAT and ACT tests. Language learning boosts listening skills, problem-solving ability, and memory.
                        
Early language education stimulates the developing brain during its window of “celestial openness."

Knowing the language of one's heritage is an important and essential component of children's cultural identity and sense of belonging. Language education helps children assume an active role in learning important cultural-historical concepts. ​

Lastly, here is a wonderful article by Carousel's own Evgeniya Maryutina, Neurologuist, Carousel Curriculum Team, and Russian Teacher.

"The earlier they're introduced to a second language, the easier it will be for them to pick it up...they tend to have superior reading and writing skills in both languages, as well as better analytical and academic skills."

A Guide to Raising Bilingual Children

"Bilingual children develop crucial skills in addition to their double vocabularies, learning different ways to solve logic problems or to handle multitasking..."

Hearing Bilingual: How Babies Sort Out Language

"Knowing the language of one's parents is an important and essential component of children's cultural identity and sense of belonging."  

Bilingual Acquisition

"The earlier they're introduced to a second language, the easier it will be for them to pick it up...they tend to have superior reading and writing skills in both languages, as well as better analytical and academic skills."

A Guide to Raising Bilingual Children

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