There are many benefits to learning a language other than English—just a few of them are listed below:
When a child learns a second language, it stimulates parts of the brain that are responsible for verbal and written communication, and also activates the other areas of the brain that are responsible for reasoning, thinking, and understanding numbers. Learning another language can help your child improve their skills in subjects not necessarily related to languages, such as mathematics and science.
Reading and writing
Learning another language can actually assist your child with their reading and writing skills in English as they learn about sentence structure and grammar in another language. It can also help them develop a bigger, richer vocabulary.
Assist in their learning
You can help your child learn about other cultures and the world around them. Play your child songs from other countries and discuss their meanings. Look for books at the library, video clips and television shows that feature languages other than English, or cultural practices such as dance, to discuss together.
Bilingual family members and friends
Does someone in your family speak another language—possibly even you? Encourage your child to spend time with this relative or friend to learn their language and hear stories about their cultural heritage.
Learning a language other than English can have long-term benefits for your child. When they leave school, they might choose to study abroad or take up a career that requires a language other than English.