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Re搜索 shows learning to speak an additional language can improve children’s overall school performance and problem-solving skills, positively affect their performance on standardized tests, and increase their awareness of the vocabulary and grammatical structure of their first language. Exposure to a second language is best at the earliest age possible.

Capitalizing on these findings, 正规网赌软件下载学院 is the only school the 韦恩堡 area to offer French instruction to 儿童早期 students. Re搜索 of the brain in language development indicates there is a “window of opportunity,或者最优, time for language acquisition in the early childhood period, especially if the goal is accent-free speech. This is because the neural connections being established to produce and recognize the first language will also be established for the second language.

In early childhood, these connections are very flexible. Children are capable of learning the sounds and structures of a second language without the obstruction, 或过滤动作, of their first language. This flexibility enables them to adopt additional languages with greater ease. Without early exposure, this window of opportunity closes around the time of puberty, when the brain firms its neural connections. That's why is harder for older children and adults to learn a second language, and why they usually retain an accent.

At Canterbury, the French teacher employs a number of teaching methods. 学生们唱歌, perform humorous poems, play games and role-play activities, 转到命令, 听故事, and identify familiar vocabulary. French vocabulary also is woven into the music students are learning – whether it's for a parent night or a simple rhythmic exercise.

French begins at age 3 (Cavaliers) and continues into 较低的学校. A student many continue with French instruction throughout 高中 or transition to Spanish in Grade 3. Latin is also offered, beginning in 中学. All languages continue through 高中, where Japanese is an additional option.