Should Students Learn A New Language?

1320 Words Mar 15th, 2016 6 Pages
Many children around the world often learn a second language early on in their school careers, often having English as a popular choice for other countries. The same cannot be said about American schools unfortunately. There have been countless debates on whether or not schools in the U.S, should offer more programs for elementary schools so kids can be more exposed to acquiring linguistic skills and thus make it more facile to be more fluent later on in their school careers. Children should learn a new language as not only do they have more opportunities when given this exposure early on, they also would have cognitive, creative, social, cultural, linguistic and academic benefits with learning a new language earlier.
Students are being taught a foreign language during later ages at American schools. This issue needs to be addressed as it opens up kids socially, culturally and academically if they start in primary school. English is currently offered as a second language in many schools but not other foreign languages. Many scholars agree that if a child were to learn a new language sooner, the kid would have more brain development and retaining information and acquisition as well as other benefits in regards to it. Sakai brings up that, "Language acquisition is one of the most fundamental human traits, and it is obviously the brain that undergoes the developmental changes" (Language Acquisition and Brain Development, 1). This opens up that the brain is changing and…
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