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“Education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment. The teacher’s task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child.” – Dr. Maria Montessori

Why Immersion as Early Education

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The U.S. Department of Education’s Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) have both recently published research on the benefits of learning a second language and immersion as a superior method of teaching.

CARLA explains, “In traditional second language instruction, the target language is the subject of instruction. Immersion programs use the target language for instruction and as a means of communication. This authentic communication allows students to learn a second language in a similar manner to the way that they have learned their first.”

Few benefits The ACTFL highlights of learning a second language:

  • Development of students’ reading abilities.
  • Increased cognitive development and abilities.
  • Higher intelligence.
  • Better problem-solving ability.
  • Improved verbal and spatial abilities.
  • Improved development of print awareness.

In short, young children in immersion programs have the best advantage in developing the pronunciation, structure, and intonation of the new language easily and successfully. This is a time in our lives when acquiring a second language comes very naturally.

Children who learn a second language from an early age show consistent superior mathematical conceptualization, problem-solving skills, verbal acumen, and creativity.

More references on the advantages of learning a second language at this young age:

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