Bilingual from the beginning

Bilingual care from the beginning: At Joki, we pride ourselves in our bilingual childcare approach. Scientific studies clearly prove the wide-ranging advantages of a bilingual early childhood. In particular, children under the age of 6 are proven to have a natural aptitude for learning new languages that is unparalleled in older children or adults. The earlier a child comes into contact with new languages, the more naturally the child handles them and develops stronger capabilities more easily. Resulting advantages are

  • improved language skills like accent-free pronunciation of the second language
  • life-long high mental versatility
  • more openness to new things
  • a heightened awareness and ability to differentiate

Alongside our German speaking educators, each group will usually have an English native speaker who introduces the children to their language and culture playfully through conversation and games. Using the immersion method, our native speakers converse with the children solely in their native language. The aim is not to teach the children the language in a school-like way, but rather that they come into contact with the foreign language naturally, for example by singing songs and playing games. Through the use of a second language in everyday life and without specific study objectives, the children develop a positive attitude to learning languages and a natural interest in foreign cultures.

For more information on the benefits of bilingual early child care and the advantages of a bilingual upbringing, please refer to the following articles:

Early bilingual experience is associated with change detection ability in adults – Nature Scientific Reports

Raising kids bilingual can make them more attentive and efficient as adults –CNBC

Effects of bilingual language use and language proficiency on 24-month-olds’ cognitive control – Journal of Cognition and Development

The amazing benefits of being bilingual – BBC

Practice makes perfect: switching between languages pays off – Concordia University

Why bilinguals are smarter The New York Times

The cognitive benefits of being bilingual – The Dana Foundation

Early childhood bilingualism: perils and possibilities – Journal of Applied Research on Learning