Language learning has been playing an increasingly pivotal role in conveying thoughts, opinions, and emotions. Studies in Sweden have found that learning a language increases the size of the brain’s cerebral cortex and hippocampus, areas that are related to memory. This is similar to how any muscle in the body becomes stronger and more flexible with exercise. Furthermore, the capability to communicate effectively in various languages is a definite plus in a communication process.
Here are some other advantages of learning different languages:
1) Improves Acquisition of Other Skills
The benefit of learning multiple languages has been proven through various studies, which reveal that bilinguals and multilinguals are more adept in picking up skills compared to monolinguals. On top of that, learning new languages is known to have a positive effect on the brain to the extent of improving cognitive skills that are not related to language and even shielding individuals against dementia in their old age.
2) Promotes Employability
Being multilingual is often credited as a great advantage in the modern working world. In view of that, proficiency in more than one language can be a ticket to getting your dream job. Additionally, current employers are often on the lookout for individuals with 21st Century skill-sets. These include critical thinking, logical reasoning, communication skills, and teamwork, which are some of the skills that language will be able to equip you with.
3) Establishes Invaluable Connections and Cross-Cultural Friendships
One of the best known benefits of learning a language is the ability to connect to a wider and more diverse network of people and forge meaningful friendships. Friendship is a seed of diversity that plants a firm foundation in facilitating children’s growth and development into unbiased global citizens. After all, language can act as a platform for children to establish a good understanding of their friends from different cultures. Developing capabilities in languages also helps to create intercultural sensitivity from a young age, thus preventing intercultural intolerance.
Equipping children with additional language capabilities is an important vision of Shattuck-St. Mary’s Forest City International School. Students are scheduled for language time, where they are given the space and opportunity to develop their social and academic ability in a particular language. During this time, students whose mother tongue is not English will learn it as an additional language. In fact, they will be provided with custom-designed assistance to ensure their individual progress in English skills. For English speakers, on the other hand, the school teaches Mandarin or Malay as a second language through various fun and interesting teaching methods.