Advantages of Learning a Second Language
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Advantages of Learning a Second Language
By Karyn DePari
Raising bi-lingual children is a growing practice for new parents across the country. Here in Las Vegas, bi-lingual parents know the importance of speaking to their children in their native tongue…and at a young age. Most likely their parents reacted differently and encouraged them to perfect their English. As the mother of two teenage girls, both learning a foreign language in school, for the first time, I’m concerned with their ability to do this at such a late stage. I wish I had known how early exposure would’ve helped them, and how easy it is to become fluent in a second language if you start young. I watch as more and more parents become aware of the importance of teaching their child a second language.
Learning a second language is advantageous, and learning it young is easier according to research. As the future marketplace becomes more global, employers will quickly weed out mono-linguals as serious job competitors. Savvy parents are even targeting specific languages for their children with this in mind. French, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish, are languages useful in world banking, world trade and homeland occupations. Bi-lingual adults will always have an edge when competing for employment in the future job market.
Becoming bi-lingual is not just good for career endeavors, but good for the brain. Studies show that children, who learn a second language, perform better on standardized tests and SAT’s. They are great problem solvers, because they understand a variety of perspectives. They develop an understanding and tolerance for other cultures, making them more compassionate. They become better thinkers. They make efficient use of both sides of the brain.
I was once told that children don’t “learn” language, they develop language. Adults learn language, meaning we use our decoding skills, we translate, we memorize, and we do all these very complex analytical processes that make learning a new language a struggle. Children absorb language. They are born with a brain primed for developing language. That part of the brain is fully developed from teen to adult, so learning a new language is possible, but different.
What is known as the “optimal window” for learning a new language occurs from birth to approximately 10 years of age. At this time the part of the brain that develops language is still forming. If there are particular sounds that an adult has not been exposed to, the ease in which those sounds can be recreated in adulthood decreases significantly. A good example is the “L” sound, which there is none, in the Japanese language. A Japanese adult will have difficulty learning English with correct pronunciation of the “L”, because it is not contained in the Japanese vocabulary. Therefore it is not stored in their brain. If a Japanese baby listens to the English language, he/she will able to pronounce the “L” sound, later in life. This is why children who learn a second language obtain perfect “accent” free pronunciation. They are truly little language experts.
My daughters’ brains are well beyond that window of opportunity. They both are learning and doing well. However, I know now, that fabulous French accent could’ve been a little more natural, had they started years ago.
Karyn DePari is a mother of two daughters and the owner operator of Lango Foreign Languages for Kids, Las Vegas/Henderson.
at the Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus
Ready to instruct and inspire new generations of children from 18 months to 12th grade is The Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus.
Originally founded in 1980, it is the goal of Adelson Educational Campus to encourage its students to use knowledge, values, and vision as a foundation to fulfill their own potential and build a better world.
Adelson Educational Campus accepts students of all religious affiliations and offers a drug free commitment to its students and faculty. The campus is one of only four fully accredited Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools (PNAIS) college preparatory schools in Southern Nevada and one of only three schools in Las Vegas with a full membership to National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in the state of Nevada.
The state-of-the-art campus is comprised of faculty members with advanced degrees who are ready to educate all students with exceptional academic curriculum utilizing the campus’ outstanding facilities, accreditations, and services. The campus offers low class sizes with a student to teacher ratio of six to one.
“We offer students a world class education with an advanced curriculum,” said Paul Schiffman, head of school. “Our faculty is recruited nationwide and present students with challenges, inspiration and fun.”
Adelson Educational Campus offers some of the best financial aid and scholarship services in Las Vegas as it is the school’s mission to never turn a student away due to financial hardship.
“We are committed to providing exceptional educational opportunities to our children and students without the financial burden. Our scholarship and financial aid program is constructed to make sure that all children are eligible to attain an extraordinary education,” added Paul Schiffman.
The Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus’ main facilities are located at 9700 West Hillpointe Road in Summerlin and offers curriculum for students starting at 18 months through college matriculation. Adelson Educational Campus also has a satellite campus located at Midbar Kodesh Temple at 1940 Paseo Verde Parkway in Green Valley for student’s kindergarten to second grade and provides a bus service for students from the Green Valley/Henderson area to the Summerlin location.
“By dividing our students into four separate schools we can guarantee small class sizes, which enables our students to succeed,” added Paul Schiffman.
- 1 of only 4 fully accredited Northwest Association of Independent Schools (PNAIS) college preparatory schools.
- 1 of only 3 schools with a full membership in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
- Adelson Educational Campus has a low 6:1 ratio and is made up of four schools: Preschool, Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School (High School)
- Adelson Educational Campus offers financial aid and scholarships in Southern Nevada as it is the campus’ mission to never turn a student away due to financial hardship.
Every day the students who attend a “Kidz Matter school” are asked the question … “What’s the word?” A “Kidz Matter school” is a school that has implemented the Kidz Matter Victory program to enhance their character education or life skills program. The program is making a real difference in the behavior of students; and teachers and administrators are excited to keep asking, “What’s the word?”
The “word” is the life skill of the month. It could be Respect, Integrity, Empathy, Self-Control, Courtesy, Goals or any other life skill. The program is designed to focus on a single life skill word throughout the month, teaching the students not only the meaning of the life skill, but also how to apply it daily. Each month the “word” is launched through an assembly. In the classroom, teachers briefly discuss the life skill, and then they recognize and reward positive behavior by placing the students name on the Victory poster. The month ends with a Victory assembly where students and classrooms are selected and rewarded for displaying the life skill.
The assemblies are full of energy, the teachers, school staff, and Kidz Matter Heroes are all fantastic, but the real learning of the life skills come from asking “what’s the word?”
You can visit the Kidz Matter website or find us on Facebook to get additional resources on life skills and the at-home Victory program. www.MyKidzMatter.com .
By Dr. Maria Martinez
Strep throat is an infection of the throat caused by a bacterium called streptococcus. It is transmitted via the saliva or secretions from person to person. Most frequently it occurs in children between 5-15 years of age. Babies and toddlers rarely get strep, but it is possible especially if they have been exposed to someone in the household with it or if there is an outbreak at their daycare or preschool. The winter months are the most likely time for sore throats and Strep to occur.
Three to five days after the person has been exposed they experience symptoms. These symptoms can be sore throat, fever, headaches, stomach aches and they can appear all of a sudden. Others symptoms may also include coughing and congestion. In addition, they may experience difficulty swallowing, swollen enlarged tonsils and lymph nodes that at times you can feel on the side of the neck, joint pains, and red swelling of the groin area. Rashes can also be seen in some cases. Usually it is a fine red rash all over the body that feels like sandpaper. Other times the patient may present with hives. Whether the symptoms are severe or not depends on the individual patient.
Not all sore throats are due to Strep throat. Throat infections can be due to viruses or bacteria. The one most commonly treated is the one caused by streptococcus, which is the most common bacteria causing throat infections. Treatments are often aimed at preventing a secondary illnesses caused by these bacteria. The most notorious is rheumatic fever, which is an illness that affects the heart and cannot be cured. It is also known to affect the kidneys.
Strep throat is diagnosed with a throat swab that is tested for these bacteria. There are two tests available – a rapid strep test and a routine culture. The rapid strep test is positive in about 85% of the cases. If the rapid strep test is negative then a routine culture should be done. Strep throat usually gets better on its own, but antibiotics are used to prevent the complications mentioned above. The patient should take the whole course of antibiotics to prevent the appearance of rheumatic fever or recurrence of strep. If he or she stops taking the antibiotics too soon, the bacteria can remain in the throat and the symptoms may return. If your child has recurrent strep throat, speak with your pediatrician.
See your physician if you have symptoms of strep throat. One aims to start treatment within 9 days of symptoms starting. A person is considered contagious until 24-48 hours after the antibiotics have been initiated. Children should not go back to school until they have been taking the antibiotics for at least 24 hours. Once on medications for about 48 hours dispose of old toothbrushes since these bacteria can live there and re-infect the individual. If there is no improvement of the symptoms in 48-72 hours contact your physician.
You can help your child feel better while he or she has strep throat by giving them plenty of fluids in addition to the antibiotics. Sometimes warm things like soup may help. Other times the child may take cold liquids or popsicles aiming to decrease the pain. Acetaminophen, generic of Tylenol, may also be used for the fever. Also, get plenty of rest since this is important for the body to recuperate.
Dr Maria Martinez is a Pediatrician at Good Night Pediatrics which provides all-night urgent care for children every night of the year from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.