ABOUT BILINGUAL (OR MULTILINGUAL) EDUCATION
Viaquenti Academy creates bilingual lesson plans designed to ignite the curiosity of children in a fun and guided environment. Several studies that were conducted on the effects on the human brain if children speak multiple languages. These studies aim to determine if children who speak two or more languages tend to learn English grammar slower than monolingual children. What they show is that bilingual children are better at multitasking and focusing their attention on a crowded or noisy environment. They are not delayed in learning the English language and grammar. Some studies found that bilingual children have similar advantages in memory and attention as musicians. Bilingualism enriches and enhances the development of the brain, in particular the executive function, which affects memory and attention span.
Our teachers use inquiry based learning through two different languages, which has a a number of positive effects on the development of the brain.
There are some common misconceptions regarding children learning a second language or third at school. One misconception is that learning a second language will confuse a child and impair their cognitive ability, (their ability to learn and think). However, in many countries around the world children grow up learning two or three languages and it does not have a negative effect on their learning. In fact, acquiring a second language can improve a child's cognitive flexibility. These children are able to see things from more than one perspective. It also improves auditory skills.
It has also been said that learning a second language delays the child learning English. There is an emphasis on both English and Spanish in our lessons, ensuring that students are fully proficient and literate in both languages. Our students are assessed to ensure that their English as well as Spanish skills are at the appropriate level and improving each year. But there is no delay in learning English. Research shows that students who are exposed to two languages early achieve their milestones on the same timetable as a monolingual child. Learning a second language also improves reading abilities and general literacy in the first language and a student's communication skills are only strengthened through the acquisition of a second language.
Parents may also worry that if they are not fluent in Spanish they can not help their child at home. This is another misconception, since the students exposure to the teachers, who are native speakers, outweigh any imperfections at home. It is important for parents to provide support and to be enthusiastic about their child learning Spanish at home, even if their knowledge of the language is at a basic level or nonexistent.
ADVANTAGES OF SPANISH
Spanish has become one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. A bilingual education is something we find to be valuable in the connected world we live in today. Learning additional languages will only help your children succeed succeed later in life. They will be strong communicators and be able to connect with and develop a greater appreciation of different cultures around the world. A student who is bilingual or multilingual will have many more opportunities open to them in the world throughout their life. In addition to added communication skills, learning a new language can greatly increase a child’s confidence.