Benefits of learning a second language

In the last decades, the importance of learning more than one language has increased in our society. Some of the reasons are cultural, professional or just personal, but there are also other advantages associated with learning more than one language.

Resent research has shown positive effect in the cognitive development and in the acquisition of literacy skills in bilingual children. This research has recently been extended to investigations of adult processing and found that lifelong bilingualism protects older adults from cognitive decline with aging.

Recommended Literature
Bilingualism in Development
Language, Literacy, & Cognition
Ellen Bialystok

Early childhood bilingualism: Perils and possibilities
Journal of Applied Research on Learning
Vol. 2, Special Issue, Article 2, April 2009
CANADIAN COUNCIL ON LEARNING

http://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/languages/spanish.asp



According to The Calgary Board of Educations, the following are some of the benefits or learning a second language.

Expands the intellect

Teaches responsible citizenship

Develops enhanced feelings of self-esteem and pride in having acquired an additional language

Strengthens English literacy skills

Encourages the joy of lifelong learning

Promotes exploration, understanding and appreciation of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and contributes to multilingualism and multiculturalism

Allows students to compete internationally

Provides students with more choices for advanced education and career options

Broadens students' cultural life through access to literature, art, music and theatre in another language





More about acquisition of a second language

COGNITIVE BENEFITS OF LEARNING LANGUAGES
ACTFL
AMERICAN COUNCIL ON THE TEACHING OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES
https://www.actfl.org/advocacy/discover-languages/

Being Bilingual Boosts Brain Power
Second Language Brain Benefits Start in Childhood, Study Shows
Web MD
http://www.webmd.com/parenting/news/20041013/being-bilingual-boosts-brain-power