The benefits of being bilingual. (Bilingual and multilingual children…
The benefits of being bilingual.
School readiness and success for children who are dual or multi language learners is tied directly to mastery of their home language
Children who learn to read in their home language have a strong foundation to build upon when they learn a second language.
The ability to read and think in two (or more) different languages promotes higher levels of abstract thought, which is important in learning
Individuals who are bilingual and biliterate switch between two different language systems. Their brains are very active and flexible.
Compared to non/bilingual peers, bilingual people have an easier time:
Developing strong thinking skills
Learning other languages
Understanding math concepts and solving word problems
Focusing remembering, and making decisions
Being bilingual supports children in maintaining strong tie with:
Children are able to make new friends and creato strong relationships
Bilingual and multilingual children benefit academically from knowing more than one language in many ways.
They are able to switch between languages, they develop more flexible approaches to thinking through problems.
People who use more than one language appear better at blocking out irrelevant information, a benefit that may exist as early as seven months of age
Babies raised in bilingual households show better self-control, a key indicator of school success.
Globally, bilingual and biliterate adults have more job opportunities than monolingual adults.
Bilingual people have the
opportunity to participate in the global community in more ways, get information from more places, and learn more about people from other cultures.
By: Dulce Gutiérrez, 7° Preschool