The Benefits of Learning French
Babies and young children have an insatiable appetite to learn and communicate. Uninhibited, they do not mind in which language they do this, as long as the exchange they have is full of meaning, and is fun!
- Learning a second language early in life enhances overall cognitive skills and improves brain development. Studies have shown repeatedly that foreign language learning increases critical thinking skills, creativity, problem-solving skills and flexibility of mind in young children. Students who are learning a foreign language out-score their non-foreign language-learning peers in the verbal and, surprisingly to some, the maths sections of standardized tests.
- Wonderful headstart – Children will not struggle when starting a language at school. They will be confident and well ahead of their peers.
- Native and authentic accent
- Flourish and develop socially in a group activity
- Chance to explore another culture, to develop an open mind, to broaden a child’s horizons. Each language brings with it its culture, its way of thinking and its own sense of humour.
- Have fun as a family when learning together (such as in our Parent & Toddler groups)
- Confidence in a foreign language broadens the choice of university and career options later in life.
“It’s almost as if the monolingual child’s brain is on a diet and the bilingual child’s brain stretches to the full extent and variability that Mother Nature gave it to use language and exploit human language”
Dr Laura-Ann Petitto, a world-renowned cognitive neuroscientist