Foreign Language Boosts Kid’s Learning
Introducing babies to two languages is found to improve cognitive abilities, especially problem-solving in children. Results of the study to this effect are published in the journal Mind, Brain, and Education.
Bilingual learning is natural and effortless for infants raised in households where two languages are spoken. However, even babies from monolingual homes can develop bilingual abilities at a very early age. “Science indicates that babies’ brains are the best learning machines ever created, and that infants’ learning is time-sensitive. Their brains will never be better at learning a second language than they are between 0 and 3 years of age,” said co-author Patricia Kuhl.
The results have the potential to transform how early language instruction is approached worldwide.