learn a foreign language
We are strong proponents and believers of children learning foreign languages. The earlier the child begins to learn a foreign language, the better, as young minds are more quick and able to pick up language. Learning English, French, German or Spanish will greatly enrich your child’s education, as it is a stepping-stone into another culture.
As written in the New York Times article, Hearing Bilingual: How Babies Sort Out Language, Ellen Bialystok, a distinguished research professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, has shown that bilingual children develop crucial skills in addition to their double vocabularies, learning different ways to solve logic problems or to handle multitasking, skills that are often considered part of the brain’s so-called executive function.
These higher-level cognitive abilities are localized to the frontal and prefrontal cortex in the brain. ‘Overwhelmingly, children who are bilingual from early on have precocious development of executive function,’ Dr. Bialystok said.
At the moment, there are two Doki products for children. For Doki and Doki Further, the age appropriate version is accessed at the time of the download when the user is asked to select their age group. In Doki, the 7 to 14 year old version offers 12 Chapters and 45 Lessons that include more than 400 words, mostly incorporated into phrases and dialogues. Doki Further offers 8 Chapters and 26 Lessons that includes more than 300 further words.
To learn more about the benefits of teaching children a foreign language, click on the links and read the articles:
Article 1: “The Bilingual Advantage”
Article 2: “Hearing Bilingual: How Babies Sort Out Language”
Article 3: “What does research show about the benefits of language learning?”