why spanish immersion?
It’s not just about speaking a different language. It’s widely documented that the intellectual challenge of a second language deeply stimulates several regions of the brain, impacting many aspects of a child’s education, from academic learning to socialization. INIC is committed to providing students with a fully immersive education experience that exposes them to both the Spanish language and a variety of cultures.
The Benefits of Bilingualism
According to research by Dr. Barbara Lust at Cornell University’s Language Acquisition Lab (see the section titled Research on Multilingualism in Children), bilingual children enjoy cognitive and social advantages, “ and although some parents and educators may have concerns about the potential for confusion, bilingual children do not suffer language confusion, language delay, or cognitive deficit.”
- Cognitive advantages follow from becoming bilingual. These cognitive advantages can contribute to your child’s future academic success.
- Social advantages follow from becoming bilingual. By fostering bilingualism (or multilingualism) in your children, you make it possible for them to access other cultures and other worlds in ways monolinguals cannot.
- Developing bilingualism (or multilingualism) does not impede language acquisition in any language.
How to Raise a Bilingual Child
According to Dr. Lust, the key to raising bilingual children is immersing them early and often in another language:
- Surround your child with as much rich language and language exchange as possible, beginning at birth.
- Promote reading and storytelling in multiple languages.
- You do not need to maintain a one person/one language situation; your child will sort out the languages by themselves.
- Surround your child with more than one language through conversations and social groups using different languages; the earlier the better.
- Children learn not only from language you address to them, but from language they overhear around them (Au et al., 2002).