Benefits of Bilingual Education
We live in a society that is becoming increasingly global; and more and more children are growing up exposed to more than one language. Research has pointed to clear benefits for children who are brought up learning more than one language. Below are some of the areas that dual language proficiency benefit the most:
Studies have determined people who speak two languages often outperform monolinguals on general measures of executive function. Bilinguals can pay focused attention without being distracted and also improve in the ability to switch from one task to another.
Bilingual children as young as age 3 have demonstrated a head start on tests of perspective-taking and theory of mind both of which are fundamental social and emotional skills.
A researcher conducted a four-year, randomized trial and found that these dual-language students outperformed their peers in English-reading skills by a full school year’s worth of learning by the end of middle school.
Dual language students have higher test scores, seem to be happier in school, better Attendance, and fewer behavioral problems fewer, than students in English-only classrooms.
DIVERSITY AND INTEGRATION
There is some evidence that bilingual programs helps kids of all backgrounds gain comfort with diversity and different cultures.
PROTECTION AGAINST COGNITIVE DECLINE AND DEMENTIA
File this away as a very, very long-range payoff. Researchers have found that actively using two languages seems to have a protective effect against age-related dementia — perhaps relating to the changes in brain structure we talked about earlier.
FAQs About Bilingual Education
Why start learning dual-languages at an early age?
Studies have shown that children can learn multiple languages with greater ease at an earlier age, and that true language acquisition takes five to six years. At the Kidz House, we want our children to have the greatest possible head start.
Will predominantly English-speaking children fall behind on their learning?
No. Studies show that children in dual-language classrooms typically outperform their peers in monolingual (all-English, standard) classrooms.
Is the dual-language curriculum taught at the Kidz House, the same as the all-English classrooms?
Yes. We use the same academic curriculum approved by the Florida Department of Education. We teach our students in a English and Spanish by engaging them in many extra and innovative learning programs.
Will children have the basic four language skills they need to learn new academic material?
Yes. Teachers, at the Kidz House, use special strategies to ensure that children are progressing at the proper developmental (academic) level.
Exactly how does a bilingual daycare work? How do classes switch between English and Spanish?
We use different methods in different classes, based on what is developmentally appropriate and builds the strongest foundation for learning. This foundation is critical for learning in both languages. Children who are proficient readers in their native language then switch to reading in their second language.
More Benefits & Resources Lists
- Young children, immersed in a bilingual experience, seem to absorb language more readily than adults.
- A bilingual education can strengthen the executive function of the brain.
- Bilingual children are better at dealing with conflict management.
- Bilingual education makes kids more adaptable and flexible in a changing environment.
- Children who learn a second have better memories and are more cognitively creative than single language speaking counterparts.
- Kids who learn a second language at a young age can develop pronunciation proficiencies that parallel native speakers.
- Kids who speak more than one language are more cognitively developed.
- Bilingual adults earn an average of nearly $7,000 more per year than their peers who speak only English.
- 6 Potential Brain Benefits of Bilingual Education
- The effects of bilingualism on theory of mind development
- Theory of Mind in Bilingual and Monolingual Preschool Children
- The Effect of Dual-Language Immersion on Student Achievement in the Portland Public Schools.
- Benefits of a Bilingual Education
- Office of Early Learning Parent Resources
- Read Conmigo