This may come as no surprise but it is definitely worth repeating: learning language young is truly ideal. Children are uniquely positioned to learn additional languages because their brains are at a key time in development, which makes learning a second language as cognitively simple as learning a native or first language, and requires much less effort than adult learners.
Children can acquire fluency about as easily as they learned to walk. The young brain is inherently flexible and naturally equipped to learn sounds, intonation patterns and rules. According to experts, all children should start learning another language young because simply, the younger the learner, the better they are at mimicking new sounds and adopting pronunciation. “The brain is open to new sounds and patterns in preadolescence. At this age, young children have time to learn through play-like activities. Language lessons can be informal and children’s minds are not yet cluttered with facts to be stored and tested. Before children become self- conscious they can try out their newly acquired languages without fear of embarrassment.”
Here at La Piccola Scuola in Seattle, Italian Lessons for Children, we employ proven strategies to make language lessons feel like play. Language acquisition experts agree that when italian lessons (or any language lessons) are incorporated into play, children are better able to pick them up.
So please feel free to drop in for a sample class at one of our three locations!