Looking for a Babysitter: A foreign Language a Must

I read an article featured in the New York Times recently and I thought it is interesting to read. According to the article, a lot of families in USA are hiring baby sitters with a foreign language background. Why? Parents cite different reasons for hiring baby sitters and nannies to speak a second language with their children. Some struggled to pick up foreign languages and want to make life easier for their children. Some believe it makes them smarter. And naturally, this being the melting pot that is New York, many parents have a connection to another language and want to reinforce it. This is a very interesting move since not long ago when families hired baby sitters or nannies, they required them not to use other languages other than the one used by the family for the fear that additional languages might confuse the children. This move reflects the new research results that “learning a second language makes it easier to learn additional languages. ” According to the research of Ms, Ellen Bialystok, a professor of psychology at York University in Toronto and the author of “Bilingualism in Development: Language, Literacy and Cognition”, “bilingual children tend to have smaller vocabularies in English than their monolingual counterparts, and that the limited vocabulary tends to be words used at home (spatula and squash) rather than words used at school (astronaut,...

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