In a previous post I promised that I'd respond to "Why go through all of this--the time, the energy, the money to teach my children Spanish?" A desire for my children to be able to speak another language is my prime motivation. Aside from expanding their potential circle of influence in the global economy, I think having them learn another language is excellent brain exercise. I’ve come across many interesting articles on the benefits of learning a second language. Here’s one …
Top Ten Benefits of Early Language Learning: "Top Ten Benefits of Early Language Learning
Ten Great Reasons to Start
Learning a Language Now
Learning a new language at any age is an enormously rewarding experience in many ways. While language learning is an enriching experience for all ages, children have the most to gain from this wonderful adventure. Quite simply, starting early offers the widest possible set of benefits and opportunities.
Children understand intuitively that language is something to explore, to play around with, and to enjoy. Their enthusiasm is both infectious and effective. The quickness with which they pick up their first language is nearly miraculous—and such a joy to watch as a parent. As children grow, all parents can attest to how much fun their children continue to have as they sing new words they hear and even invent new ones with a huge, bright smile. The joy with which children explore their first language makes childhood the ideal time for a second language—even if all the other reasons for an early start didn't exist!
But there are many other reasons, and while this list does not exhaust the number and variety of advantages starting a language early can provide, these are some of the most notable benefits." (Read more)