The key to express yourself is to communicate. And in order to do so, one must be efficient in speaking it. It’s always beneficial to know more than one language. Not just Hindi, English let it be other regional languages too. And teaching them at an early age can have better results. But are there any benefits associated with bilingual or multilingual knowledge? Of course, I think so. Let’s have a look!!
It is observed that kids who know more than one language are better academic performers and have a better creative bend of mind.
Fluent in reading:
Kids having knowledge in more than one language can read better than other kids knowing only one language. I read it somewhere that “about 10 percent of students in the Portland, Ore., public schools are assigned by lottery to dual-language classrooms that offer instruction in Spanish, Japanese or Mandarin, alongside English. Jennifer Steele at American University conducted a four-year, randomized trial and found that these dual-language students outperformed their peers in English-reading skills by a full school years’ worth of learning by the end of middle school.”
Knowing more than a language can help a kid connect better with others belonging to a different culture speaking a different language. This enhances the social skills, teaches the kid to interact and be a part of that culture as well, it imparts knowledge.
Effects on brain:
Cognitive neuropsychologist Jubin Abutalebi, at the University of San Raffaele in Milan, found it is possible to distinguish bilingual people from monolinguals simply by looking at scans of their brains. “Bilingual people have significantly more grey matter than monolinguals in their anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), and that is because they are using it so much more often,” he says.
It is also reported that in future too it would prove beneficial for the kid. As people knowing Multilanguage are able to resist dementia more than their monolingual counterparts.
Steps to teach them different languages:
Start at an early age:
It is said that the brain at an early age, at least till the age of 8 is capable enough to grasp new things with ease owing to the brain’s developing centre that is in the position to absorb things. Even the kids older than them may learn but it’s always better to mold them at an early age.
Commence with the Basics:
Begin the task from the basics. Start learning the alphabets, start listening to the rhymes, songs and other audio stories in that particular language. These days many such facilities are easily available on internet and one can easily avail them without much efforts.
It is always preferred to learn the language from an expert so in case your vicinity has some expert, don’t feel shy to take the help from them.
Read story books:
Once the child has learned it at a decent level, try to keep it alive by inculcating reading habits in him/her via story books, newspapers, comics etc.
These methods may surely help the child hold a strong grip towards the language and it definitely shall prove beneficial in the long run.
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