There are many developmental benefits to learning multiple languages at an early age, such as improved executive functioning skills, the ability to think flexibly, demonstrate self-control, focus attention, and tune out distractions. Research has found that bilingual children have better working memory than children who speak only one language.
We at Odyssey understand the benefits of multilingualism, because babies are born with the ability to distinguish the unique sounds of any language in the world. Exposure to more than one language in the early years does not cause confusion for young children and in fact they reach language milestones in a similar timeframe to those of children who learn only one language.
Children learning a second language or two languages simultaneously will often “code switch” or use both languages in the same sentence. It is not evidence of a problem in the language-learning process. Instead, this shows that children understand the grammatical rules of both languages. Children typically use this strategy to clarify their meaning in a grammatically correct manner.
We at Odyssey are currently offering French and Arabic as a second language in classrooms with English as a main language, as well as as only French language classrooms. UAE is a country where people from all around the world meet, and knowing more than one language will help help children to become a successful member of any community.