Benefits of Language Immersion For Preschoolers

Benefits of Language Immersion for Children

DSC00388The 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 why immersion is the optimal method for teaching a second language:

"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."

The ACTFL highlights the benefits of learning a second language on their website:

Just some of the quotes from the ACTFL Study:

  • Language learning is beneficial in the development of students’ reading abilities.
  • There is evidence that early language learning improves cognitive abilities.
  • There is evidence bilingualism correlates with increased cognitive development and abilities.
  • There is a correlation between bilingualism and intelligence.
  • There is a correlation between bilingualism and problem solving ability.
  • There is a correlation between bilingualism and improved verbal and spatial abilities.
  • There is a correlation between young children’s second language development and the development of print awareness.

DSC00508In short, young children in immersion programs have the best advantage in developing the pronunciation, structure and intonation of the new language easily and successfully.

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

Empowered with a second language and appreciation for cultural diversity, our students are ready to embrace the multicultural world they will be running one day.

Below is a selection of articles on the benefits of bilingualism, especially for children.

For a Better Brain, Learn Another LanguageThe Atlantic, October 2014

Spanish-Language Immersion Schools Gain in Popularity, NBC News, October 2014

Why Bilinguals Are SmarterThe New York Times, March 2012

The Bilingual Advantage, The New York Times, May 2011

If you have any questions about our Spanish Immersion preschools please call the school you might be interested in at the numbers below or complete our online inquiry form and we'll schedule a tour as soon as possible.  We look forward to meeting you!

1-877-44CALLKSS (1-877-442-2555)


Combining a quality early childhood education with a Spanish immersion program gives our students a leg up in their education and their lives. For parents who value multilingualism – beginning their child's formal learning with an immersion preschool is a natural fit. During this time, children’s brains are hard-wired for language learning and pick it up naturally. Bilingual children expand their awareness of the world and gain significant cognitive benefits. For students from Spanish-speaking homes, a Spanish-immersion education helps keep the family’s cultural heritage alive. There are many benefits of multilingualism and we are proud to support our students on their journey.

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