“He who knows no foreign languages knows nothing of his own.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and statesman
With the world going global and the digital era bringing the countries closer than ever before, the knowledge of foreign language is now more of a necessity than just another neat party trick. After all, the knowledge of a foreign language puts our children in a better position when it comes to communicating and connecting with others that they might come across during the course of the education abroad or as a part of their professional lives.
We, at Vidsan Charterhouse, a renowned international school in Delhi NCR, believe that in the diverse and globalised world that we live in at present, being monolingual might be accommodated, but it will not be appreciated as much as bilingualism. Keeping that in mind, we have developed a dedicated language lab at our school that is well-endowed with audio and visual equipment to aid our pupils in the learning of a foreign language. And, on that note, we would like to highlight today a few of the main advantages of teaching a foreign language to the young minds, which in fact, acted as the prime motivating factors behind the establishment of the language lab at Vidsan.
The opportunity to establish connections with more people
We believe that the foremost reason for children to learn a foreign language is that it helps them in forming and deepening connections wherever they head to. From developing cross-cultural friendships, and making the most of travel opportunities, to getting deeper insights about the world, a foreign language can truly be one of the most important skills.
Boosts the ability of children to excel in their native language
Research suggests that children who study foreign languages actually end up performing better in their own language, compared to the ones who are monolingual. Bilingualism helps children in better identification of grammatically incorrect sentences and helps them gain a closer understanding of the nuances of the languages.
Learning a foreign language is easier in the early years
The best time to learn a foreign language is during the early years of childhood. The curious young minds are much more receptive to the newfound knowledge at this stage of their lives, and they are also uninhibited by the anxiety of making mistakes. Thus, the learning of a new language is more effortless and easy for children during their growing years.
Effectively nurtures empathy and cultural sensitivity
We have noted that children who get exposure to other languages early on in their lives display more positive attitudes towards the cultures associated with the said languages. A new language serves as a doorway into a new culture, a different set of values, and a new belief system. It helps children experience the world in a unique and more empathetic way.
The cognitive benefits of learning a foreign language
Children who are bilingual are better at multitasking and focusing compared to monolinguals. Studies suggest that the effort needed to choose the right words from the right language at the right time offers enough mental gymnastics, which serves as a booster for cognitive functions of brain.
Getting access to improved career opportunities in future
In a highly globalised workforce of today, speaking more than one language emerges as a distinct edge and helps in broadening career opportunities. Considering this aspect, we, at Vidsan Charterhouse, have combined STEAM education pedagogy with foreign language classes for our pupils. The resultant brilliance acts as robust preparation for aiding them to shine in their professional life ahead.
At Vidsan Charterhouse, positioned amongst the Top 10 Boarding Schools in Faridabad, we believe that a language is like a window to the world that extends far beyond our surroundings, and we don’t want to limit the exposure of our children to the world by limiting their language capabilities. Thus, with advanced EL software, audio-visual aid, and the careful supervision of our experienced mentors, we, at Vidsan, always try to ensure that our young buds achieve that much-needed fluency in a foreign language as they have in their native tongue.