Foreign/Second Language Learning
I believe learning a foreign/second language can be beneficial for society because learning a second language yields positive growth in cognitive development and encourage the opportunity of diverse communication. In addition, learning a second language early in life is important because of brain plasticity and using the second language repeatedly throughout the early stages of life would increase the chances of improving cognitive functions.
It is important to learn a second language at an early age because children’s brains are still in development and as a result, early learning and exposure to a second language would easily be imprinted into their memories. Learning a second language can have a positive impact on children’s cognitive functions because it would improve certain cognitive functions, such as critical thinking skill. Compared to their monolingual peers, the bilingual children received better verbal and math scores on standardized tests. In essence, learning a second language at a young age is easier and can be refined over the years, which can become a important skill to have in the future. I believe fostering the children’s attitudes towards learning a second language early in life would also encourage other aspect of language learning, such as learning about their second language culture. In addition, it would encourage children to develop an open mind to diverse societies.
On the other hand, learning a second language later in life as an adult can be harder because an adult brain is fully developed and it would be difficult to mimic certain pronunciation. Since an adult brain is already developed, learning a second language would not yield improved cognitive functions. However, learning a second language does keep the brain active and can help reduce certain health problems, such as Alzheimer and dementia. Learning a second language can be beneficial for all ages, although researchers encourage learning a second language earlier in life because of the possible benefits of improving cognitive functions.
Incorporating foreign language classes in elementary schools would be the first step in the right direction. Having the ability to speak and write in a second language at an early age would improve cognitive functions and result in improved academic performance. Learning a second language would enable the children to possess a unique ability of bilingualism and it would be a useful investment into their future. Being bilingual can open new opportunities, such as searching in the job markets and traveling internationally without the fear of a language barrier. Also, encourage understanding between different cultures and promote interaction within diverse societies.
Overall, learning a second language at an early age would be beneficial for children and society. The benefits of learning a second language include the positive growth of cognitive development, which would result in improved academic performance. Being bilingual would open new opportunities for diverse interactions and communication, as well as cultural understanding.
The information on my blog were inspired by researches I have read, so here are some of the links that I have used. I encourage you to check them out and conduct your own research into the topic of second language learning.
What does research show about the benefits of language learning? In this age of accountability in education…www.actfl.org