How Bilingual Education Benefits your Child (Part 1)

How Bilingual Education Benefits your Child I

Our brains are programmed to be able to acquire numerous languages. Children are no stranger to this. In fact, they are more proficient in this skill than their adult counterparts. The reason for this ability is partly structural and to a certain extent, environmental.

According to an expert, bilingualism in children is rooted in the brain tissues which are specialized for brain acquisition and these tissues are commonly found in a young person’s brain. If a child has been immersed and exposed in a first-rate bilingual education or was exposed in an environment that utilizes a foreign language, the brain acquisition turns into a whole-brain engagement.

For that reason, Step One Academy LLC, a provider of early childhood education in Plainfield NJ, exposes our young learners to bilingual education and we are proud to say that we promote this kind of education for the following reasons:

  • Bilingual education builds up the executive function of a child’s brain
    For a developing child who is exposed to bilingual education, the sounds, word and syntax coming from both languages are attained simultaneously.

    Believe it or not but when a child have heard a word in whichever language he or she learned, the brain is trying to retrieve and attempt in matching a sound that has been previously discovered.

    Bilingual children know that when it comes to names of certain objects, there are two or even three different ones that are based on another spoken language. When a child becomes more adept in two or more languages, he or she can be able to tune in and hold back other unrelated words.

  • Bilingual education transforms the function and physical shape of certain regions a child’s brain.
    Language acquisition is responsible for the alteration of the shape of one’s brain thus affecting the regions that each of these brain areas.

    There are two distinct regions in the brain that is responsible for speech: the Broca’s area (one located in the left frontal fraction of the brain) and the Wernicke’s area (fount in the rear part of the brain.)

    Broca’s area is for our speech production while Wernicke’s area is responsible for the processing of meaning. Researchers had found out that the use of the Broca’s area is differed in bilingual speakers.

    This happens because in the Broca’s area, sounds and syntax of the acquired languages are intertwined. Once this region becomes hard-wired within each other, the acquirement of languages will be transported and taking place in the Wernicke’s area.

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