Four Unexpected Benefits In Learning Multiple Languages
Beyond the obvious advantages of being fluent in more than one language, there are a number of surprising benefits for children learning multiple languages. And for young children, learning a new language can come naturally as part of their cognitive development. Below we outline four of the benefits to children who learning more than one language:
1. Learning a language helps children develop their emotional IQ.
Learning multiple languages expands a child’s vocabulary. A more robust vocabulary allows children to have a better understanding of concepts, something that help them to develop a stronger emotional IQ. This makes it possible for a child to better regulate their emotional response in many situations and more accurately describe how they are feeling.
2. Multilingual children have improved cognitive processes.
Although it can seem second nature to some, juggling thought processes in two or more languages is not an easy task for your brain, regardless of your age. However, it does have a cognitive advantage. According to research, being bilingual improves cognitive skills and overall brain function. It helps to strengthen the region of the brain responsible for decision-making, judgment, sustained memory, and more.
As the brain switches between two or more languages, it improves the child’s working memory, and may even contribute to high-level thought processes and multi-tasking.
3. Bilingualism allows children to learn other languages with greater ease.
In an increasingly globalized world, being bilingual is good, but being multilingual is even better and could be beneficial from an academic and career perspective. Kids who have learned more than one language are already equipped with the skills necessary to pick up another one quickly.
4. People with more than one language on their resume have higher incomes.
It may be hard to imagine your child’s profession now, but one thing will be true in the future: In a progressively competitive and globalized world, knowing multiple languages in not only becoming a more desirable skill, it also sets you apart from others competing for the same jobs. Research shows that bilingual individuals earn as much as $7,000 more than their monolingual counterparts. Knowing another language provides you with an additional skill set, makes you a more diverse employee and opens the door to more career opportunities.
Enrolling your children in French emersion, helping them learn their native tongue or encouraging them to learn an additional language in school will be beneficial to their development and open up career opportunities in the future.