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Multilingual kids will have a huge advantage in the future

Posted by Language Stars on Mar 17, 2017 11:51:15 AM

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Being bilingual provides a wide array of benefits. But imagine the doors that could be opened if your child was exposed to a third or fourth language. Here are three critical advantages multilingual children have as they grow up and enter the real world. 

Additional neural pathways

When children learn a foreign language, they develop additional neural pathways that allow them to process more information and develop key skills. Imagine what would happen to the brain if you gave it an extra boost with a third language? Your child’s brain will likely develop additional neural pathways, beyond what they would experience as a bilingual learner, giving them the skills to excel not only in their target languages, but also in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields. This is proven by a 2007 University of Maine study that found children who studied foreign languages saw an academic boost in core subjects, including: reading, math, social studies, and English language literacy.

Prepared for a global world

As we become a more interconnected world, expectations continue to change. Students in the near future may be expected to learn more than just one world language to catch up with their European peers. In the United States, we have more Spanish speakers than Spain and that number isn't going to shrink anytime soon. A 2013 study found the number of Mandarin speakers in the United States increased by 360% over the past three decades. It's realistic to expect that your child may experience a future where Spanish and Mandarin fluency isn't optional — it's necessary to thrive in America. 

Immediately qualified for numerous jobs

A study conducted by Northern Illinois University reports that in five years, almost half of the state’s regional employers will prioritize hiring college graduates who communicate in more than one language. Similarly, the University of Phoenix Research Institute reports demand for bilingual employees is expected to rise over the next ten years.  70 percent of employers predict Spanish-speaking skills will be highly sought after, while 42 percent of employers believe Chinese-speaking skills will be critical to land a job.

Bottom line, there's never been a better time for your child to develop into a multilingual speaker through foreign language classes at Language Stars.

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Topics: spanish, parenting, foreign language, mandarin