FACTS/FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Why should Spanish be the language of choice for today’s children?
- There are currently more 50 million Spanish-speaking people living the United States.
- Spanish is the most requested language program in the United States.
- Learning Spanish as a second language allows a child to be able to communicate with over 350 million more people worldwide.
- Spanish is a Romance language and, once mastered, opens the door to learning other Romance languages with ease.
Q. What is the best way to introduce a second language to my young child because I want him to speak Spanish?
- The bilingual method of presentation, often times called the parallel or addition method of learning, places the child’s native language alongside the new language for skill acquisition to take place simultaneously.
- Bilingual education gives children a sense of pride to speak both their native language and the new one. Self-esteem and confidence levels are higher in children exposed to the bilingual method of learning when compared to the immersion method.
- Experts agree it is just as easy for a child to learn two words for one item as it is to learn only one word for that same item.
- Retention over the long run is best with the bilingual method of instruction being used when compared to immersion.
Q. Why should a child start learning a second language so young?
- If a young child has a number of positive experiences with another language, he or she can become quite receptive to learning other languages (Kathleen Marcos, 1999).
- Time magazine reported “The ability to learn a second language is highest between birth and the age of six, then undergoes a steady and inexorable decline.” (Nash, 1997)
Children who learn a second language early in life will most often speak with native pronunciation.
- A study found that bilingual children understood better than monolingual children the general symbolic representation of print — meaning that bilingual children learn to read sooner than monolingual children (Bialystok, 1997).
- A recent study out of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (the nation’s 4th largest school district and one of the leaders in bilingual education) shows that bilingual children perform much better in the math and verbal sections of standardized tests than their monolingual classmates.
- A study conducted in Louisiana showed that regardless of race, sex or academic level, students who received daily instruction in a second language out-performed those who did not receive such instruction on the third-, fourth- and fifth- grade language arts sections of Louisiana’s Basic Skills Tests.
The College Entrance Examination Board reports that students who had averaged four or more years of second language study scored higher on the math and verbal sections of the SAT than those who had studied four or more years of any other subject.
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