Would it surprise you to learn that more than half of the world’s population speaks two or more languages in everyday life and that one out of four of the world’s population speak English? The numbers speak for themselves. English is the primary language of books, newspapers, travel, international business and academic conferences, science, technology, diplomacy, sport, international competitions, pop music and advertising and the internet. English has official or special status in at least seventy-five countries with a total population of over two billion. More than 750 million people speak English, either as a first or a second language. English is understood to be the international language of communication and is used by hundreds of millions around the globe for entertainment, commercial and scientific purposes. English bridges cultural and linguistic gaps and is the language that narrows diversity and unifies our cultural differences. The value of bilingualism Bilingualism is an investment into your child’s future earning potential. Increased job opportunities and higher salaries are researched, proven outcomes to multi- language learning. A study into the economic impact of learning English in developing countries reports that communicating in English can increase the earning power of individuals by 25%. Two recent ground-breaking studies—the 2013 Business English Index (BEI) and the Globalization of English (GOE) report—confirm the prevalence of English as the de facto language of business. The majority of the world’s business conversations now take place between non-native English speakers—in English. More and more multinational companies are mandating English as the common corporate language. English becomes the common ground for meetings, email communication, signage and helps unify ethnic and cultural diversity. These studies analyse global trends in English language proficiency, based on data collected from more than 3,500 companies in over 150 countries. The findings mirror the key message of Helen Doron®— learning English has a substantial effect on a child’s brain development, intelligence and understanding of the world. Is there a best age to learn English as a second language? When is “too early or too late” to begin? Learning is a unique and individual experience for each child. It is never too early to start learning a second language and the brain continues to benefit from learning a second language—or many languages—throughout life. Until the age of 7, children are able to learn another language with the same ease they learn their mother tongue. Helen Doron—linguist, educator and the visionary founder of the company notes that, “Research has shown that two year olds who’ve been learning with the Helen Doron methodology are actually processing languages like bilingual children. When a child learns a second or third language, it becomes part of his neural pathways and language processing areas are actually created in the brain.” Helen Doron English programmes for children are based on a child’s natural ability to absorb spoken language through repetitive hearing and positive reinforcement. Small classes of 4-8 students with specially trained teachers are based on an exclusive methodology of creativity and self-expression, and offer a fun-filled environment where children absorb English naturally. Two million children worldwide speak English based on the unique Helen Doron methodology Helen Doron® is known around the world as the premier method for teaching English to children with a unique methodology based on 30 years of experience. “Our methodology can create bilingualism, and bilingualism is extremely important, especially if the second language is English, because this is going to give children not only a greater brain capacity, but it gives them the key to more of the world, the key to another culture, “remarks Helen Doron. Helen Doron English offers the most comprehensive courseware in the industry—programmes that enable children from infants to teens to become proficient and comfortable speaking, reading and writing English. Helen Doron Educational Group® stands at the forefront of innovative educational systems, providing exclusive learning programmes and quality educational materials for babies, children and adolescents the world over since 1985. The company’s flagship franchise, Helen Doron English, today encompasses 800 Learning Centres in 34 countries across 4 continents. Extending her educational philosophies beyond the ESL industry, Helen Doron has recently launched a complete bilingual pre-school franchise, Helen Doron Kindergarten. Already there are 21 kindergartens in two countries with plans for expansion. Learn more about Helen Doron English courses for babies, children and teens.