A child's window of opportunity for language learning

Between birth and adolescence, the brain is hard-wired to acquire language naturally. As a child approaches puberty, the nature of language learning and storage changes, becoming less flexible. Overall, the ease of learning a second language diminishes with age.

Why is this window so important?

  • Learning a second language at a young age is cognitively as easy as learning a first language.
  • A child's brain processes multiple languages in parallel paths, building a second language system alongside the first.
  • A young learner can access a second language separately, without having to translate, or go through the native language as a path.

Taking advantage of this window of opportunity by exposing your child to a second language young allows a child to optimize his or her learning potential, helping to shape the brain at its most flexible stage. The more stimulation language centers in the brain receive during this critical window, the more neural connections develop, enhancing not only long term language skills, but overall intelligence development.

According to The Wall Street Journal, "learning a second language later in life is fundamentally different from learning it early in life....Toddlers who learn a second language along with their native tongue store this capability in a single sector in the brain...but if the second language is acquired later—say, in a French class in high school—the brain designates a separate area for processing it....those who learn two languages at a young age retain an [unique] ability to speak both as if each was their native tongue."

 

Why Language Stars?

  • The right people: dynamic, native speaking teachers from more than 20 countries around the world
  • The right approach: fun, hands-on learning in a full immersion setting using games, music, movement, arts & crafts
  • The right results: early language learning has been linked to greater self-confidence, increased cultural sensitivity and improved math and problem solving skills

Contact us today to take advantage of this window of opportunity!

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"My husband and I firmly believe we are giving our children a tremendous advantage....We believe their immersion in another language has expanded their intellectual capability and will provide a tremendous advantage for them as adults." Cathy Hall
Language Stars Parent