1. Spanish is The Second Most Spoken Language in The World
2. Spanish is the Second Most Spoken Language in the USA
Bilingual or multilingual students show more creativity, score higher in standarized tests, and have higher cognitive knowledge than their monolingual counterparts, according to books such as, The Bilingual Edge, Bilingual is Better, and Be Bilingual, and other research. Studies have demonstrated that a bilingual or multilingual person is cognitively and culturally more enriched.
4. How Long Does It Take a Child To Become Bilingual?
5. Will My Child Get Confused? Mix Languages?
COOL FACTS ABOUT SPANISH
6. How Can I Encourage My Child's Second Language Adquisition?
7. When I ask my child to tell me the colors in Spanish he replies,
"I don't Know". Nonetheless, he has been taking Spanish for over a year!
8. How Will I Know If My Child Is Making Progress?
9. Did You Know Some Former US Presidents Spoke Spanish?
10. Some American and International Celebrities Speak Spanish Too!
According to Ethnologue, 406 million people speak Spanish in different regions of the world. It is exceeded by Mandarin with 1.2 billion speakers, and it is followed by English, which is spoken by 335 million people worldwide.
According to the Pew Research Center, Spanish is the second most spoken language in the United States. More than 37.6 million people speak Spanish in the USA. Out of those 37.6 million people, 2.8 million are non-Hispanic, making it the most studied foreign language in our country.
3. Multilingual Students Have Higher Cognitive Intelligence.
Research has shown that there is no set time line by which a child can become bilingual; this depends on many factors and personality characteristics and dedication. However, studies indicate that second language learners take up to two or three years of attendance in a comprehensive language program to develop oral competency, and 4 to 7 years to develop academic language proficiency in their 2nd Language.
This is a myth; children do mix languages sometimes but this needs to be seen as a natural phase of second language development and which will disappear over time.
In the early stages of second language development it is important that the child has good adult language models; if adults mix languages when speaking to children then children will imitate this model.
You do not need to speak the language in order to support your child’s learning! Try to share the experience by talking about it, by inviting your child to teach you a few new words in her newly acquired language, read you a story or sing you a song!, or Invite friends from their language school. You can also go out to eat in Hispanic restaurants or visit Hispanic neighborhoods and/or countries to expose your child to different accents and experience. Lastly, you could rent age appropriate movies dubbed into Spanish and have your child watch it without subtitles.
Language learning like any other learning takes place in a context. By asking a child random words,
it doesn't help him to recall the language learned. If we show him an item and ask him in the second language, what color is it? It will help him better to recall the colors.
Parents are encouraged not to put children under pressure to perform or question them/test them in
a language which is not shared in the home environment. If parents want to hear their child use the second language, they are welcome to schedule a visit to attend a class with their child.