The Tutoring Center, Mountain View CA 


As your child is working on his or her academic performance, you can help by coaching your child through challenging homework and by staying encouraging. Another great way to assist your child to reach his or her academic best is by encouraging your child to learn a foreign language. There are multiple benefits to this, and The Tutoring Center in Mountain View would like to share some of those with you today. 

From the beginning of learning a new language your child will be introduced to new vocabulary and the grammatical structure of the language. This will not only help get your child on the right track with the new language, but you can also expect that he or she will begin to better understand the first language. As your child familiarizes with a new grammatical structure, what happens in his or her own language will make more sense. Likewise, the more complex vocabulary your child is learning in the second language, the more familiar with the equivalent words in English your child will become. 

Second, you can expect that as your child gets older and more intune with the new language, he or she will exhibit higher standardized test scores than his or her monolingual peers. This is, in large part, due to the better understanding your child has of the English language. Your child will have an advantage, especially if the second language is heavily based in Greek or Latin, to be able to take apart difficult vocabulary words in two languages. 

Lastly, you will begin to see that your child’s grades are improving in non-language subjects as well. For example, you will begin to see an improvement in math, particularly when your child is first learning the second language. The reason behind this is that learning a new language uses the brain differently than other endeavours. Research says that the brain is more open to learning new things, when a new language is part of the equation.  

As you start to see results in other academic areas keep in mind that it’s still possible for your child to need assistance in one area or another. If that is the case, remember that The Tutoring Center is ready with a professional tutoring staff to assist you. For tutoring in Mountain View, be sure to contact us at (650) 396-7680. Don’t forget to schedule your child’s free diagnostic assessment.


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