Wondering why you should enroll your children in Spanish Language classes? Here are a few reasons for you to consider.
More People are Native Spanish-Speakers in the World
Yes, you read that right. Spanish is spoken by over 1 billion people across the globe, and it is the second most commonly spoken language in the U.S, second to English. Spanish is an official language on four continents, and is the mother tongue in 21 countries. And it is only getting bigger. Estimates indicate that the Hispanic population in the U.S. will grow to 50 million by 2015. This suggests that learning Spanish is crucial to communication, especially when considering our southern neighbors. The entire continent of South America speaks primarily Spanish (aside from Brazil), as does just about all of Central America, Mexico and Latin America. When you need to borrow a cup of sugar, you have to know how to ask for it.
Cultural Diversity is a Job Market Necessity
Aside from the enriching experience of knowing about the preferences and rich traditions around the globe, a child that can speak another language will have a leg up when it comes to gaining employment. Have you looked at the want ads lately? There are more and more job opportunities geared toward bilingual people who can communicate with our Hispanic population. Likewise, it will enable your child to be more competitive in a global economy. Countries in Latin America are strengthening and expanding their economies thereby becoming increasingly more important as trade partners. This will make fluency in Spanish a requirement for a wide variety of jobs.
Learning Spanish is Good for Your Brain
Studies have shown that knowing more than one language can reduce your chance of developing dementia. It can improve memory, and even slow age-related decline in your mental acuity. It stimulates creativity, and improves your critical thinking skills. It can also help with your understanding of English! Spanish and English share a similar grammar with Indo-European roots. And even better, once you have mastered Spanish, you will be better able to learn other Latin-based languages such as French and Italian. Spanish is also considered one of the easiest foreign languages to learn, providing a boost to self-esteem with mastery.
At World of Enrichment, our classes are small and the needs and interests of your child help to shape the lessons. We make learning fun through engaging activities and games that are interesting for your child. We want them to love learning a language while gaining an appreciation for another culture.