The new scientific evidence about kids and languages is extraordinarily interesting. Some researchers believe that 1-12 year olds can learn a second, third or even a fourth language more easily than will ever be possible again later in their lives.
Learning and using a second language has been linked to all kinds of benefits for children and adults.
According to Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto of Dartmouth College, children who have been exposed early to a second language possess an overall “cognitive edge.”
Higher Test Scores
Numerous reports have associated foreign language study with better performance on many standardized tests, including all sections of the SAT. In fact, the 2007 College Bound Seniors report, issued by the College Board, which administers the SAT, vividly demonstrates the significant benefits of studying a foreign language. The report shows that students with 4 or more years of foreign language study score on average 140 points higher (out of 800!) than students with half a year or less experience on the Critical Reading section, and almost another 140 in the Math section and over 150 points higher on Writing.
Knowing the way another language works encourages us to examine our own language’s mechanics in a positive way. By being able to compare the two, we learn more than we ever would as a monolingual. Or as Nancy Rhodes, Director of Foreign Language Education at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC says, “The more children learn about a foreign language, the more they understand about their own language.” Children use what they learn in one language to reinforce concepts and terms they’ve learned in the other.
Greater Opportunities for College and Careers
Colleges now place an increasingly high value on knowledge of more than one language. As the admissions process becomes more competitive across the board, knowing a second or a third language may add a new dimension to an applicant’s resume.
The BBC’s award-winning MUZZY
MUZZY, the BBC Language Course for Children is the most respected children’s language course in the world. Chosen by families in 128 countries, and used in national curriculum, MUZZY is a masterpiece for children.
Designed by the BBC to work the way children learn naturally, MUZZY creates an environment of immersion that surrounds children in the sounds of a new language.
For All Ages and Learning Styles
Regardless of which age your child begins or how enthusiastic or hesitant your child may be at first, speaking the foreign language is easy, fun and pressure-free. MUZZY can be enjoyed by the whole family.
MUZZY’s multi-sensory approach stimulates your child’s natural learning style and engages the senses. Whether your child learns best by seeing, listening or doing, MUZZY speaks your child’s language.
Homeschool with MUZZY
Today, MUZZY helps home-schooling parents realize their goal of providing their children with the academic and cultural benefits that begin with learning a new language. Plus, MUZZY’s user-friendly approach makes it possible for parents to teach their children a second language even if they don’t speak the language themselves.
“ [MUZZY is] …excellent and keeps children amused while they are learning …” - CD ROM Today
“MUZZY comes as close as possible to creating a natural experience with [a second] language.”
– Le Journal Francais
“MUZZY is the best foreign language video programme we have ever seen.”
– The Big Book of Home Learning
For more information …
You can find more information on MUZZY, the BBC Language Course for Children (available in Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, German, Russian, Portuguese or Italian) simply by calling Early Advantage at 1-888-595-1242. Please quote code 20-0003.