Working Memory and Why it’s Important

We know it is important for children to learn, but did you know their ability to learn depends on working memory? So what is it?

Working memory is a cognitive executive functioning skill that is developing and organizing the immediate data student wants to use. Not to mention, the long term benefits of helping develop focus and fight Alzheimer’s disease.

It is important to note the development of working-memory is constantly happening in our Spanish immersive classrooms at Sombrero Time.

The Society for Neuroscience identify cognitive benefits of second and third language learning, including greater focus on tasks and the ability tune out distractions (as compared to monolingual children), and stronger working memory, as well as greater gray matter and brain connections. (1)

What is the result? A student’s brain is cognitively more efficient at processing language information. The research is so compelling that there are indications that bilingualism may even help stave off Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. (2)

Working memory is like having sticky notes at all times! In our classrooms, students are using auditory, visual and kinesthetic skills all at once to help drive working memory. Our teachers are focused on repetition, image visuals, signals, and body language. All of this, to help your student develop this important cognitive skill and become bilingual! To learn more about second language acquisition and working memory research read “The role of recognition memory in L2 development” (3).

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