How Does Language Immersion Improve Working Memory?

Working Memory and Language Immersion in Early Childhood DevelopmentAs the world becomes more bilingual and multilingual, you need ways to better prepare our children for their future. Bilingual education and the associated language immersion open your children up to more opportunities. A dual-language education better prepares students for the workforce of the future, with increasing international opportunities and a salary to match.  A bilingual education fosters and encourages diversity while making it easier to learn and grow as a student and as a more culturally aware individual. It encourages wisdom and a depth of understanding. Recent studies increasingly find that language immersion as part of a bilingual education better prepares kids for advanced learning while improving working memory.

What Is Working Memory?

Working memory is an essential part of the development of a young student’s literacy skills. It stores both verbal information and spatial and visual details. Effective working memory allows a young child to more easily make correlations between sounds and letters. With strong working memory, a student can more easily take apart and analyze sounds. The efficacy of working memory can lead to higher processing capacity, with greater ease, speed and comprehension for reading and math.

What Is Language Immersion?

Language immersion is often used to describe children who are working toward fluency in a foreign language while taking courses in math, science, and history. This level of immersion is beneficial particularly for preschool-age children who are gathered with others who are similarly focused on building their language and literacy skills. Their entire focus is on language acquisition at a time (between the ages of two and five years old) that is critical for the development of social and emotional learning skills, as well as content knowledge. By immersing preschoolers in dual language acquisition at that important time, you’re also supporting the development of improved working memory, which means your child will be able to access huge amounts of information more quickly.

How Does Language Immersion Affect Working Memory?

Research studies are only really confirming what bilingual teachers have known for some time. Language immersion has many cognitive benefits, with the most obvious ones including greater computational abilities. In other words, bilingual education can help your child grasp math and logic more quickly, which can help with their academic performance and future success. Language immersion can also support reading comprehension abilities, which allows them to outperform their non-bilingual peers consistently. With such a wide range of benefits, a bilingual education with language immersion is the obvious choice for your child. That’s why KSS Immersion Preschool offers a solid foundation in Spanish, mathematics, language arts and science for preschool students in a year-long program.

Why Select KSS Immersion Preschool for Your Child’s Bilingual Education?

At KSS Immersion Preschool, we’re celebrating 20 years of providing quality and reliable education to children. We’ve seen how important multilingualism is to the growth and development of children. We’ve already seen the positive benefits to working memory, academic development, and future success. To learn more about our positive child-centered learning experience, call us at 1-877-44CALLKSS to set up your tour. We’ll walk you through the entire language immersion program and you’ll see for yourself what a valuable experience our preschool will be for your child.


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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