MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Learning a second language can be a tough task, but for those introduced to the vocabulary early on in life, it can open up a new world.
Judith Lasker know the benefits of learning a second language early in life. She teaches Spanish at Eastwood Elementary in Morgantown, West Virginia.
"Sometimes when they are singing or reading, it feels as if I was almost at a school in Mexico because there pronunciation is so great," said Lasker.
Students are able to get a better grasp on the pronunciations and vocabulary when introduced to the language at a young age.
"Compared to a person who is learning a foreign language when they are in middle school or high school, you can totally hear that they are not native speakers. The R's are really hard to roll and your accent is not the same, and your ability to duplicate sounds that you hear is not the same. In elementary school, the children are linking new things that they are learning with previous experiences or things in their background," said Lasker.
Studies show that students who are bilingual exceed both academically and professionally.
"No longer can we just thrive knowing one language because our world has become a community, and we have to be able to know how to communicate in other languages," said DeAnn Hartshorn, Principal at Eastwood Elementary.
Lasker said it is amazing to watch her students progress in their skills from kindergarten to fifth grade.
"At first, they are imitating every sound and every word that you say and then later on, when they are older and they recognize letters and sounds and words and they are able to read sentences and build a paragraph, that is great," said Lasker.