- Children, before the age of ten, are able to master the pronunciation of a foreign language.
- Children who have studied a foreign language show greater cognitive thinking in such agreas as flexibility, creativity and divergent thinking.
- Children who have studied a foreign language develop a sense of openness to different people, and an appreciation of other cultures.
- If the study of a foreign language is continued in secondary school and beyond, there is a favorable result on the AP examination, and at the university level.
- Children who study a foreign language have a positive self-image and an impression of success at school.
- Those children who studied a foreign language have better results on standardized tests (in English) in reading, language, arts and mathematics than those who have not studied a FL.
- Because of the results of brain researchers, we know that children learning a FL use a language acquisition area of the brain, before the age of 10; Those who begin later use a different area of the brain which is not the language acquisition area.
Lipton, G. 2010. Practical Handbook to Elementary FL Programs
(FLES*). National FLES* Institute, PO Box 2632, Kensington, MD 20891,
FLES* includes: Sequential FLES, Sequential FLEX, Exploratory (several languages) and Immersion.
© 2012, Dr. Gladys Lipton