Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

The benefits of teaching children foreign languages

“English may have become the lingua franca of political and economic discourse throughout the world, but other languages are still widely used in international exchanges. In an increasingly interconnected world, it will not be long before Americans will frequently have to converse with the world outside the Anglosphere.

However, the benefits of foreign language acquisition go beyond mere communication. Learning a second language in youth provides innumerable benefits to individuals. Two of the largest benefits are an improved understanding of one’s native language and an increased capacity for further language acquisition.”

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