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Spanish & Bilingual
Spanish & The Bilingual Child
Multiple studies have concluded that bilingual children demonstrate linguistic and cognitive advantage. They have a greater and longer sensitivity to phonology, and show unique patterns of brain activation for language, as compared to monolinguals. Because the structures and ideas of the two languages are so different, it forces children to think in more complicated ways than children learning only one language. Among the benefits of dual language acquisition is an increase in linguistic awareness, a greater sensitivity to language in general, to word connotations, and to the meaning and structure of language. Learn More Applying Neuroscience to Academic Policy and Practice
Research on the learning brain shows that a child's brain is most open to learning language between birth and age seven followed by a declining openness that last until puberty.
Using the TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) curriculum young children easily absorb the sounds and master the skills necessary to use their new language.
21 of the top 25 industrialized countries begin the study of a world language in grades k-5, while the majority of U.S. students begin studying a second language at age 14.
At Saint Edward's we start from pre-K through grade 12, focusing on the critical language period age 3-7 and the sensitive language period extending to age 10 until puberty.
Through indirect learning in a Spanish language only enviroment with an emphasis on active (kinesthetic) learning and engagement taught by a native speaker.