1. Builds a Better Brain – Studies using brain imaging showed that children who speak more than one language have increased intellect, memory and attention. The ‘mental workout’ associated with speaking an additional language profoundly impacts the brain, and children generally outperform their monolingual peers in academic tests.
  2. Creates ‘Out the Box’ Thinkers – The cognitive skills used in planning, problem solving and creativity is improved in children with more than one language. In the future, the highest performing individuals will be innovators who can solve problems creatively.
  3. Better social Skills – Children who learn an additional language are also exposed to an additional culture and are better at understanding the values and society of different people, are sensitive to subtle differences and respond in a more empathetic manner towards others.
  4. Globalization Ready – Children become global-thinking individuals through language and culture exchange. They are likely to respond better to new places, a more interconnected society and more equipped for the demands of the future world of work.
  5. Best Time to learn РDr Robyn Malony, a multilingual expert and senior lecturer at Macquarie University in Australia, states that children have the ability to understand and use multiple languages without inhibition or confusion, and with a perfect accent.  Essentially, everything a child does and hears from birth is steering them towards communication with the world around them, and so from the outset it seems like a waste to utilise this critical period of language learning to teach only one language.