Studies show importance of learning foreign language for children

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Studies have shown that learning a foreign language stimulates your mind in so many  ways!

François Thibaut, director and founder of the Language Workshop for Children and 12 year old Rachel Smith, who has been speaking fluent French since she was 5, even though neither of her parents speaks French, joined Fox 2 live from New York.

The Language Workshop for Children has foreign language lessons to

Studies sponsored by Harvard, Cornell, the National Science Foundation and many others, confirm that learning a foreign language at an early age not only improves academic performance, it`s also good for brain development, increases critical thinking skills, creativity and flexibility of the mind in young children.

Over 21% of U.S. children between the ages of 5-17 speak non-English language at home and that number is growing by over 140%. This compared to Europe where bilingualism is over 50% and up to 97%.

Unfortunately in the U.S., foreign language education has been unable to keep up with this trend.

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