Friday, August 21, 2009

Bilingual Babies - What More and More Parents Beginning to Realize

Here's an exerpt from an article I read. It's timely and very informative for those who are thinking about starting to teach their children a second language.

"Why are so many families jumping on the bilingual bandwagon? "In our increasingly global world, parents realize that their kids will benefit from knowing more than one language," says Nancy Rhodes, director of foreign-language education at the Center for Applied Linguistics, in Washington, D.C. "There's definitely been a grassroots push for more bilingual education in preschools." Exposing your child to a second language will help him learn about other cultures. Research has shown that bilinguals tend to be more creative thinkers than those who speak one language, and one study suggests that their brain functions may stay sharper as they age."

Want to learn the steps they suggest to start your little one down the path to becoming bilingual? Then follow me over to Parents.com and jump on the bilingual bandwagon.

So, now that you've read this article, what are your thoughts?

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4 comments:

Liana said...

Yes, definitely yes! I write bilingual books-I have researched this option. Bilingual kids are sharper-it is true.
Liana

Joy said...

Thanks for stopping by Liana. I wish more people realized the importance of bilingualism and that starting young is the key.

Joy

cassiesperfectword said...

Hi Joy,

I'm all for bilingual babies! As a private ESL tutor, I encounter a lot of bilingual youngsters.

The more languages one knows, the more opportunities. And it's never too early to begin learning a second (or third, or fourth...) language. The earlier, the better.

Cassie

Joy said...

Thanks Cassie. I couldn't agree more.
Private ESL tutor? I think that's facinating!