The Benefits of a Bilingual Education

Why Bilingual Preschools Standout?

Advantages Bilingual Schools have over their monolingual competitors

Finding a bilingual preschool in the United States is difficult due to the simple fact that very few exist.

On top of that, the majority of bilingual preschool that are present on the market are Spanish immersion preschools.

Bilingual schools aren’t just for children who come from bilingual families, they are for anyone looking to give their children a head start in life. 

At the French American Academy, 30% of our families have 1 bilingual parent, 30% have 2 bilingual parents, and 40% have zero francophone parents !

Simply put, a school able to attract monolingual families as much as bilingual ones have a larger market to work with.

Here is a fact:

The population of young dual language learners in the United States has tripled in the last several decades and now accounts for 25% of all children in the United States. 

This monumental increase in bilingual families combined with a growing awareness towards the benefits of bilingualism creates a significant demand that monolingual schools aren’t prepared to meet.  

The modern world’s continuous state of development is making the ability of speaking multiple languages an absolute necessity.

Globalisation has resulted in an interconnectedness between communities, cultures, and economies which is increasingly benefiting the bilingual and multilingual speakers.

Parents who do not want their children to be left behind in this ever-changing world have no choice but expose them to multiple languages early on.

French ranks in the top 5 of most widely spoken languages in the world. 

As the fastest growing language in terms of new yearly speakers, it is considered the language of the future!

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Why do Parents Want Bilingual Schools ?

Bilingual Children Have ...

Research has shown that bilinguals have greater ‘executive control’ than monolinguals.

Executive control supports activities such as high level thought, multi-tasking, and sustained attention.

In children, executive control is central to academic achievement, and in turn, academic success is a significant predictor of long term health and well being.

Concretely, this translates to better grades in math and physics, and higher SAT scores !

Toddlers who constantly switch between two languages demonstrate a greater mental flexibility when it comes to non-verbal exercises.

This mental flexibility translates to better problem-solving and creative thinking skills when compared to their monolingual peers.

Research has shown that bilingualism leads to greater social flexibility, defined as: 

  1. the ability to switch with ease and adapt between different social environments.
  2. the ability to accurately read social cues in the environment.

This social intelligence leads to greater ease in personal and professional communication.

It is no secret that the earlier a child learns a second language, the easier it is for them to learn a third language. 

Not only do bilingual adults gain more than their monolingual peers, but they also have access to far more professional opportunities. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the advantages bilinguals face in the labour market.

A large body of research has shown that bilingualism protects against cognitive decline in the later stages of life. 

Bilinguals have been show to have a lower risk of developing dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease.

compared to their monolingual peers

The Path We Choose

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