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Experts recommend exposing children to their first foreign language by the age of 6 and suggest they are ready to learn a language as early as 3. Children are especially equipped to learn a second language before kindergarten because youngsters quickly absorb whatever they hear. According to Dr. Erika Levy, Associate professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Columbia University, children can learn to understand new words in two different languages at an incredibly fast rate, in addition to the wonderful cognitive benefits. Knowing a foreign language is not just advantageous in the workforce but, in our increasingly global world. It is also beneficial in elementary classrooms and neighborhoods. As many children are exposed to different cultures at a much younger age than their parents, an appreciation and understanding of diversity is more important than ever. Studies indicate bilinguists tend to be more creative thinkers than those who speak one language. Taking Mandarin Chinese courses are especially valuable because of the uniqueness of the language. Mandarin Chinese stimulates both sides of the brain and can improve intelligence. The use of tones in the language may facilitate musical aptitude and the unique counting method used by Chinese helps build math skills.
I will discuss your motivations for providing foreign language lessons for your child and create a custom plan designed to achieve your goals.