Here’s How To Raise YOUR Child To Be Multilingual In Singapore

The research is in: The younger a child starts learning a second language, the easier it is for him or her to pick up a third language or more! Consider these educational offerings in SG.
24 September 2018

A recent study of 6-month-old babies in Singapore revealed something you probably won’t find surprising: Children who are exposed to two or more languages have a greater intellectual advantage over monolingual children.

The study, which is part of a long-term project known as Growing Up in Singapore Towards Healthy Outcomes (Gusto), is a partnership between the Agency for Science, Technology and Research’s Singapore Institute for Clinical Studies, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and the National University Health System.

The study, which started in 2009, showed that bilingual kids have better memory and cognitive ability than their monolingual peers; they’re also able to focus better. Being able to speak, read and write in another language can also help your child become a “global citizen” later in life. Polyglots are more successful, and more confident when it comes to dealing with other cultures, and living, studying and working internationally.

What’s more, the younger a child is, the better his or her ability to pick up another language, but even if your kid is in primary or secondary school, it won’t hurt to enrol him or her in an additional language course.

Here’s how some top schools and language institutes teach second and third languages – and why.

From The Finder (Issue 294), September 2018

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