Should Foreign Languages Be Introduced Students At A Younger Age?

2109 Words Apr 3rd, 2015 9 Pages
The United States embraces a medley of numerous languages. From Spanish to German, many people in the U.S. speak another language or have been taught another language during their academic careers. Furthermore, language immersion begins either in middle school or high school. Schools offer a wide variety of languages, from Arabic to German, to their students. Over the years, studies have shown that learning a new language improves the brain’s memory and other cerebral skills. In addition, studies have shown that the bilingual brain possesses better cognitive skills than the monolingual brain. Moreover, some studies show that if students learned foreign languages at a younger age, it would benefit them even more. Therefore, should foreign languages be introduced to students at a younger age? After analyzing the scientific, cultural, academic, and artistic aspects of bilingualism at a younger age, the benefits of being bilingual at a younger age aid students in the long run, neurologically, and can possibly increase their IQ.
Scientifically, the performance of the brain’s executive function in a bilingual brain excels the executive function in a monolingual brain. Executive function is the ability for the brain to function and preform regular behaviors. In younger children, “developing bilingually show improved and earlier development of nonlinguistic executive function and the effects of aging on declining executive function are ameliorated in bilingual individual” (Stocco,…
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