The Critical Window for Language Acquisition

Friday - June 07, 2013

Columbia Academy teaches Spanish and foreign language skills at an early age

 

Developing foreign language skills with multiple languages is a sharp and practical skill most of us desire. Whether you use it to become a translator or simply apply it to your cultural understanding, being equipped with flexible foreign language skills is a near-must in modern society. Columbia Academy private preschool and elementary schools focus on a second language for children as part of our regular curriculum.

Foreign Language Skills Later in Life      

Foreign language skills are some of the most useful and beneficial to have as an adult. Working adults who are fluent in more than one language are more likely to enter almost any conceivable position than adults who are fluent in only one language. Understanding multiple languages increases comprehension of each, and serves as a basis for cultural familiarity as well.

A Second Language for Children?

It may seem strange to want a second language for children, since few children will be able to apply those skills immediately. However, Columbia Academy views that second language for children as an investment, capitalizing on a “critical period” for language acquisition.

Many scientists have noted the existence and importance of this critical window, which is thought to occur during early childhood. There is no standard definitive age for this critical window, but it is evident that foreign language skills are easier to acquire early on in a person’s childhood.

Our Process at Columbia Academy         

At Columbia Academy private preschool, we focus on building a second language for children in the classroom, while that critical period is still open. With a series of enjoyable, interactive lessons, we introduce our students to the fundamental basics of another language, most often Spanish. This allows our private preschool students to gradually become familiar with a second language, setting them on a strong course to cultural development and practical skill acquisition.

For more information about Columbia Academy’s private preschool curriculum, visit our curriculum pages. 

Developing foreign language skills with multiple languages is a sharp and practical skill most of us desire. Whether you use it to become a translator or simply apply it to your cultural understanding, being equipped with flexible foreign language skills is a near-must in modern society. Columbia Academy private preschool and elementary schools focus on a second language for children as part of our regular curriculum.

Foreign Language Skills Later in Life      

Foreign language skills are some of the most useful and beneficial to have as an adult. Working adults who are fluent in more than one language are more likely to enter almost any conceivable position than adults who are fluent in only one language. Understanding multiple languages increases comprehension of each, and serves as a basis for cultural familiarity as well.

A Second Language for Children?

It may seem strange to want a second language for children, since few children will be able to apply those skills immediately. However, Columbia Academy views that second language for children as an investment, capitalizing on a “critical period” for language acquisition.

Many scientists have noted the existence and importance of this critical window, which is thought to occur during early childhood. There is no standard definitive age for this critical window, but it is evident that foreign language skills are easier to acquire early on in a person’s childhood.

Our Process at Columbia Academy         

At Columbia Academy private preschool, we focus on building a second language for children in the classroom, while that critical period is still open. With a series of enjoyable, interactive lessons, we introduce our students to the fundamental basics of another language, most often Spanish. This allows our private preschool students to gradually become familiar with a second language, setting them on a strong course to cultural development and practical skill acquisition.

For more information about Columbia Academy’s private preschool curriculum, visit our curriculum pages.

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