Teaching abroad brings great benefits to the teacher, but mostly, to the student. If you’re looking into teaching kids, you might be wondering what kind of impact your work would have on them.
Learning a foreign language as a kid will allow them to permanently benefit from friendships across different cultures, increased career opportunities, go on fun travel adventures and provide them with deeper insights into how others perceive the world around them.
It Boosts Kids’ Skills and Abilities
A couple of years ago, people thought that children that learned a second language would end up getting confused. However, it’s now known that not only are they able to learn it perfectly, they also perform better in their native language than monolinguals.
Studies also show that bilingual children are better at multitasking and are also able to better focus their attention. It’s believed that this is the way to increase their intelligence, resulting in smarter kids.
It Helps Them Understand Other Cultures Better
In order to understand others, having good communication is a very important thing. However, as bilingual children might be able to tell you, learning a new language provided them with many other benefits as well.
Teaching children a new language will help develop their brains in different ways since it allows them to understand how other people see the world. It also gives them an overview into traditions that have shaped a language.
It Increases Career Opportunities
As you probably already know, being bilingual helps children have many more career options in the long run. Many job positions nowadays require or favour bilingual candidates, so those who speak more than one language are presented with more job opportunities.
By teaching English abroad, you are helping children be eligible for more jobs, internships and work-study programs in foreign countries.
It can Help Them Think out of the Box
There are many ways to build creative thinking skills in young children but the most efficient is by teaching them a second language. Bilingual children have shown more creativity and higher problem-solving skills.
Teaching children English can help them see the world in new and creative ways. They will be able to analyze various points of view regarding a problem, thus making use of creative problem-solving.
It Will Make Them More Empathic
Bilingual children have proven they can better put themselves in someone else’s shoes and consider their perspective in order to understand their behavior and/or intentions.
Since they already have to apply the mental gymnastics of deciding which language to use when, they can also apply their brains to thinking which language to use with whom, which content will be understood and the appropriate time and place for it.
You can already deduce how much better their adult lives will be with these skills and opportunities you will be providing by teaching these children a second language. In their senior years, being bilingual will probably delay Alzheimer’s and dementia by up to 5 years since they develop what is known as a cognitive reserve.