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Common Misconceptions

There are some common misconceptions one may believe regarding their child learning a second language (or third, etc) at school. One misconception is that learning a second language will confuse a child and impair their cognitive ability (their ability to learn and think). However in many countries around the world children grow up learning two or three languages which does not have a negative effect on their learning. In fact, learning a second language can improve a child's cognitive flexibility, these children are able to see things from more than one perspective and also have improved
auditory skills.

It has also been thought that learning a second language will only delay the child's learning of the English language. There is an emphasis on both the English and Spanish language in our lessons ensuring that students are fully proficient and literate in both languages. Our students are assessed, as in any program, to ensure that their English as well as Spanish language skills are at the appropriate level and improving each year. There is not a delay in learning the English language, research shows that students who are exposed early in life to two languages achieve their milestones on the same timetable as the other language as well as on the same overall timetable as a monolingual child. Learning a second language young also improves reading abilities and general literacy in the first language and a student's communication skills are only strengthened through the acquisition of a second language.

Parents may also worry that if they are not fluent in the Spanish language they would not be able to help their child at home with the language, they worry that if they mispronounce any words they will do more harm than good. This is another misconception since the students exposure to the native speaking teachers will out-weigh any imperfections at home. It is important for parents to provide support and to be enthusiastic about their child learning the language at home even if their knowledge of the language is at a basic level or nonexistent!

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