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02/09/2015
 There are few activities your child can engage in that bring quite as many cognitive benefits as learning a foreign language. Today, The Tutoring Center in Roseville would like to offer a brief overview of the tremendous advantages language learning can bring your child.

It promotes brain growth

Language learning really taxes many areas of the brain simultaneously and, just like with physical exercise, putting strain on the brain leads it to become stronger and quicker. Studies show more grey matter in the brains of multilinguals than those that speak only one language. They also demonstrate that language learning encourages growth of the corpus callosum, the section the brain that carries signals between the two separate hemispheres, meaning bilingual people are better able to tackle a variety of tasks requiring logical and creative thinking.

It improves memory

Data from tests indicates that speakers of multiple languages are better able to create and retain memories, and this is especially evident when it comes to verbal memory. In one study, multilingual children were able to recall 20% more of a list of vocabulary items than their monolingual peers. This could be due to the act of learning encouraging growth of the hippocampus, the brain’s memory center.

It’s linked to higher grades and test scores

Multilingual students are, statistically speaking, likely to have a higher grade point average than students that speak only one language. A correlation between speaking multiple languages and achieving higher scores on standardized testing such as the SAT has also been established by studies conducted in recent years. In fact, researchers from the University of Zurich even claim that learning a language can provide a marked boost in one’s IQ.

It improves your English

Much of learning a new language consists in understanding the mechanics behind how language operates (grammar, syntax, and so forth) and, as such, also shines light on the way English works. This means your child is likely to see improvements in their use of English, helping them become better at everything from writing essays to giving presentations.

It helps you grow as a person

Learning another language opens you up to new culture and experiences, and can even change your perspective on the world. Understanding and appreciating other cultures is vital in a globalized world, and speaking another language is also a great thing to put on your CV. If your child becomes fluent in a foreign language, they’ll gain the opportunity to work around the world.

If you think your child could benefit from targeted support with any of their studies, enlist the help of The Tutoring Center. Our expert staff offer one-on-one support with math, grammar, reading and more. Call 916-771-4100 to organize tutoring in Roseville today.

Make sure to read our previous posts for other helpful guides on topics such as avoiding procrastination, too!

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