Learning English (or other languages) can help our little ones not only at the curricular level, but in many other aspects. Today in particular we will talk about self-esteem, and that is Through the teaching of English, children's self-esteem can be improved.
First of all, two points must be clarified. The first is that we refer to self-esteem as the way children see themselves. The second is that we must bear in mind that there are two ways to develop language skills: by acquisition or by conscious learning. Let's say that acquisition is a subconscious process that develops naturally and learning is the conscious process of developing a language that is not our own, through study. Clarified this, How do our children learn?
It's no secret, we are entering a new era. One where learning begins to be valued from more individual and not so global assumptions. That is, we begin to understand the importance of each student and not so much of a memorized program or lessons.
If something has driven this change and accelerates it, it is, without a doubt, the understanding that the intellect is not just something rational but is made up of two types of intelligence: cognitive and emotional. We are capable of empowering and propelling others and the results are simply wonderful.
Learning a language like this will have incredible results. A language does not depend only on the intellect, a language is a culture, it has a use thanks to that culture and getting to understand it helps us to open our minds and its constant change motivates us to experiment.
Emotions are impulsive reactions or biological predispositions that can become intense, which as an automatic reaction of our brain are essential when evaluating new ways of learning and achieving success in what we set out to do.
Knowing yourself is key to achieving good social interaction (so important for our self-esteem). Our emotional intelligence is what provides the qualities that make us true human beings. And what does this have to do with learning English? Well a lot, keep reading I'll tell you!
Learning a second language refers to the gradual development of the ability to communicate in an environment where the main language is not our own. It is a conscious learning of vocabulary accumulation, grammar and its correct use both verbally and in writing. Coming to control a second language will give us a sense of security, identity, belonging, a purpose, and the development of personal competence.Let's see!
When we learn another language, our brain grows. Language is a capacity that humans have and that involves the use of certain areas of the brain. With each new learning, our brain is modified and strengthened. If we also do it by incorporating new phonemes, vocabulary, structures ... greater mental agility we will have to be able to extrapolate to any area of our lives. We will be more practical and safer people.
Also learning a second language helps, of course, our memory. This gives us agility and also helps us emotionally. But not only that, but it gives us a greater capacity to relate to each other, thus improving our social environment.
It helps us to understand the world in a more complete and empathetic way by realizing the use of the language learned and how other cultures different from ours express themselves or interact. Borders are reduced, distances seem smaller. Fears disappear because we are no longer facing something unknown. Our freedom grows, even our imagination.
It also improves the use of our own language, since at a grammatical level the study of acquired languages is many times more complete than our own. It is logical since much of the vocabulary that we learn in our own language we do so socially and unconsciously by our environment, while translation requires greater effort and concentration.
By constantly being in a conversion from one to the other, we also manage to learn to use our language in a more correct way (for example avoiding laísmos), and complete. It also favors the acquisition of more languages and, therefore, everything that has been said so far is transferred and grows exponentially. We continue to improve our personal relationships and manage to express ourselves in a way that is more in line with what we think. We feel satisfied and improve the vision in which we see ourselves.
Training our brain in this way also helps us to be decisive and this in turn reduces the level of anxiety. Point out that it is proven that those people who learn a second language come to have a more complete self-knowledge of themselves than those who have not yet dared to do so. They develop greater confidence and a greater ability to choose their behavior. They learn in a more meaningful way and develop learning strategies that motivate them to keep learning. All these skills are transferred to other subjects or situations of their day to day.
Not to mention the fun part! Give them the possibility of being able to interact with children from other areas of the world in their leisure time (such as holidays), to show themselves how much they are capable, to make friends anywhere on the planet, to be able to attend camps or finish their studies in another country, to understand those songs that they like so much and to be able to sing them correctly ...
Even being able to understand movies or read books in their native language without the slight adaptations of the translations. Consider yourself part of a world and be able to express your opinions, knowing you can achieve it.
Yes, learning a second language contributes a lot to us and greatly helps our vision of ourselves. And feeling comfortable with ourselves greatly influences our vision of the world. Loving ourselves, far from seeming self-centered, is often the key to success at work, in our personal relationships, in academic performance, and in life in general.
Feeling safe helps us in mental processes such as attention, perception and memory, allowing students to develop their own strategies that they will use to progress, to function effectively and to become independent thinkers, thus being able to solve problems more easily. In this last aspect, the affective area will also greatly influence.
Learning a second language can only help you understand yourself, to understand your environment, to be more analytical, more creative, more objective, to achieve success in the projects in which we are immersed, to be able to express ourselves better and reach others, to close barriers, to enhance our imagination and need of independence and to be more practical and effective. Shall we start?
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