English for pre-school learners

Overview

Numerous studies have shown that young children make highly effective language learners, discovering how to make sounds by listening and copying. Up until the age of five, children’s ability to distinguish between different sounds - or phonemes – is greatly enhanced, as they have not yet learned to discriminate between the sounds of different languages.

With competency in a second language increasingly becoming an essential life skill, exposing pre-school children to language learning in a fun and stimulating environment is an important ‘building block’ for their future development.

Bell’s range of English language learning services start with activities for the very youngest learners and deliver a range of benefits. For example:

  • Learning a foreign language has been shown to enhance childrens cognitive development, with those learning a foreign language in early childhood demonstrating cognitive advantages over children who do not.
  • Studies have also shown that foreign language learning increases critical thinking skills, creativity, and flexibility of mind in young children, with some research showing that young learners of a foreign language outperform their classmates right across the curriculum. 
  • Younger learners possess the ability to develop near native-like pronunciation and intonation in a new language, which gets harder and harder as they get older.
  • Learning about the structure of other languages has also been shown to enhance children’s ability in their own native language.
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