Multilingual children

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Language - any language is a window to the world. 

At Peek a Boo the Early Years Foundation Stage will be taught in English, French, Italian, Russian, Polish and Arabic. The children will not just learn these languages but will be learning through them. Our teachers for the language sessions are all native speakers who are fluent in English. They are packed with creative ideas and activities to make learning fun and exciting.

Being multilingual makes children smarter

1. Bilingual children have been shown to be better than their monolingual peers at focusing on a task while tuning out distractions.

When the brain is dividing tasks and focusing when there is more than one stimuli, it uses 'executive function'. For multilingual children, there is an immediate use for distinguishing between languages so executive function development increases. As a result studies show multilingual children have an easier time with multi-tasking and concentration.

2. Mastering two languages helps bilingual children solve logic problems more effectively.

Brain scans of multilingual speakers have shown increased activity in prefrontal cortex brain networks, the area which directs the highest levels of thinking and awareness. What does that mean in everyday English? Simply put, bilingual children, who had had five to ten years of bilingual exposure, averaged higher scores in cognitive performance on tests.

3. Bilingualism can help to ward off the mental aging process

A study in November 2013, concluded that participants who spoke a second language were able to delay Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia, and frontotemporal dementia by four years. Researchers can’t pin-point exactly why multilingual people have this benefit but propose it is because speaking more than one language is like literally exercising your brain. This cranial workout challenges grey brain matter, the stuff that makes you smart, to continue to constantly grow.

4. Speaking more than one language from an early age introduces the idea that the world is a diverse place with different languages and cultures to explore.

This one might seem a little bit obvious but a broader perspective should never be taken for granted. Having access to another language is like having access to another world by giving a direct connection to another culture. The effect is cumulative and encourages kids to go beyond the norm and stretch their global citizenship.