The Benefits of a Bilingual Education
What is The Bilingual Advantage ?
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.
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:
- the ability to switch with ease and adapt between different social environments.
- 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.
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The Path We Choose
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Why Bilingual Preschools Standout
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:
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.
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