Bilingual can Boost Children's Brain Power
By Andrew Loh
Language is a great communication tool ever known to humankind. Without
languages, civilizations may cease to exist while learning different
language will lead to proper understanding of global culture, customs
and traditions. Children acquire language skills when they are infants.
Children also acquire linguistic skills by speaking it and through
creative mimicry. When children are in their infancy, their language
skill acquisition is very simple and basic. However, it becomes very
complex with each passing day and when children become adults.
Amazingly, children are very adept at learning languages when they are
four months old as they can easily read lip movements and learn to
recognize simple, speech sounds.
Early language skills are very critical for the success of children. Language,
learnt when young, could have amazing effects both on the academic and professional
achievements. Learning one language can bring about huge changes in the attitude and
intelligence level of a child. What happens when a child learn and
speaks in two different languages? Certainly, it is a great advantage
because speaking in two languages offers many practical benefits that
help children succeed in a truly competitive world. Latest research
findings suggest that being bilingual makes your children smarter,
wiser and intelligent. Learning two languages may have extraordinary
effect on your children's brain by enhancing cognitive skills those are
unconnected to learning language. Some reports even suggest that
learning two languages may decrease the likelihood of developing
dementia in old ages.
Hitherto, academicians believed that being
bilingual is not good for children because they thought that the second
language actually obstructed the development of cognition apart from
interfering with the normal intellectual development. However, recent
research provides advanced information on the beneficial effects of
learning two languages. The supposed “interference” as the earlier
research suggested is actually a blessing in disguise for children. In
fact, bilingual ability may force the brain to create an action plan
that strengthens the cognitive processes. Scientists believe that
children who can speak in different languages are adept at solving many
types of complex puzzles and maze like challenges.
For a child to be intelligent and smart, the brain has to send instructions through a
command center that is a complex hub of billions of activities. This
complex hub is the precursor to many executive functions. These
executive functions may include a series of attention processes that
control planning, solving intricate problems or finish challenging tasks
that involve mental planning and execution. Another important executive
function that a child's brain could easily perform is the switching
between two though processes like rejecting distracting situations to
stay focused on a given task or to remember a sequence of events all the
while performing other mental tasks.
There are many differences between a monolingual and multilingual child. In fact, a child that
speaks two or more languages can easily monitor the ambiance and
environment around him or her. In fact, this is similar to driving a
motor vehicle. When a driver drives a vehicle, he or she has to perform
many mental calculations to gauge the road, traffic coming from the
opposite side, traffic that is behind the car, gauge distractions that
occur on the roadside and to prevent any untoward incidences happening
by monitoring the driving speed and by controlling speed, gear changing
and clutch management. A bilingual child would be able to perform a
series of mental tasks those are simultaneous and quick. In fact, these
children always use lesser areas or sectors of brain to perform any
mental tasks. Curiously, bilingual ability of the brain may postpone the
onset of age related conditions like Alzheimer's symptom.
Different advantages and benefits of being a bilingual
into different categories based on their meanings.
Use information in
many different ways and meanings.
Easily playing word and scrabble
games very easily.
Easily solving crossword puzzles when children
grow older and step into higher grade schools.
Finding problems any
problems very quickly.
Think laterally and perform simultaneous
Easily develop personal relationship with others and
connect with them without any problems.
Bilingual children always follow a particular pattern of learning which is systematic and
organized. In fact, the rate at which a bilingual brain works is far
superior to a child that just speaks one language. However, the biggest
and most significant advantage of learning two languages is the ability
of children to live anywhere in the world and confidence to lead a
contended life. Continue to read
Raising Bilingual Children - Boosting Brain Power with Language Training.