What if you were told by your boss to take 5 minutes nearly every morning to play a language learning game on your iPad? Our students experience a mandatory 5 minutes every morning for language learning within an app called Duolingo. It has fostered a love for language learning in our classroom that is really neat. Little do the students know all the incredible benefits of language learning at a young age!
The benefit I value most is that second language acquisition develops empathy because it forces a student to deal with outside perspective and garner appreciation for others who are different than themselves. We need all the help we can get in learning to better embrace a diverse humanity. I would encourage all parents to give more consideration to continue language learning at home. The more exposure and time spent with language the greater the benefits.